Celtic winger James Forrest produced one of the finest individual performances for the club in recent years to destroy St Johnstone in Scottish Premiership action on Sunday.
Scoring four goals in a 6-0 win, Forrest became the first player since Maciej Zurawski in 2006 to net that amount away from home for the Hoops.
It was the kind of all-round team performance that fans have been dying to see all season and many are now hopeful it sparks a good period of consistent form.
The win moved Brendan Rodgers’ side up into third place in the table, just three points behind league leaders Hearts, who lost at Ibrox.
If Celtic’s season is to kick into gear, it needs to happen now with three tough matches to come after the international break.
The Hoops host Hibs at Celtic Park in league action before travelling to face RB Leipzig away from home in the UEFA Europa League. Just days later it’s the challenge of Hearts at Murrayfield in the Scottish League Cup semi-final.
If players like Forrest can recreate such sparkling form we can be hopeful of positive results.
Fans have taken to Twitter over the last 24 hours to share their thoughts on Forrest’s Sunday performance…
Love seeing James Forrest get the appreciation he deserves ????????
— Kareen???? (@kw1994x) October 8, 2018
James Forrest, underrated????????????
— KingPat???? (@MikePatMun) October 7, 2018
Goals last season:
James Forrest – 17.
Moussa Dembélé – 16.
Goals this season:
James Forrest – 6.
Moussa Dembélé – 6.
— Kieran Caw (@Kieran_Celtic) October 8, 2018
James Forrest was unplayable yesterday and drove us onto a well needed victory. I have been critical of him in the past, but that was an outstanding performance well done Jamsie HH pic.twitter.com/Um495mj9H6
— Celtic Gossip (@CelticGossip) October 8, 2018
James Forrest takes a lot of Flak from some fans but since Rodgers' arrival has become a more effective player, a more direct style suits him and the team pic.twitter.com/edYNTvfaqX
— Lisbon Lion (@tirnaog09) October 8, 2018
@CelticFC Today should cement James Forrest should be a dead cert for the number 7 shirt . A fantastic servant and example for Celtic football club . From bhoy to man, he is a player that excites and has been through it all for Celtic . 1/3
— Richard (@richard92371515) October 7, 2018
James Forrest easily one ye most underrated Celtic players er the last couple a decades
— Declan Douglas (@dec_douglas) October 7, 2018
James Forrest – ⚽️⚽️⚽️☘️ love it every time the wee man shuts all these clowns up on here,
— shando (@Jinky1967John) October 7, 2018
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