Lennon praises Forrest
Neil Lennon admits he was extremely impressed with James Forrest following the 4-0 win over St Mirren.
Last Updated: 22/08/10 7:07pm
Celtic manager Neil Lennon admits he was extremely impressed with winger James Forrest following the 4-0 win over St Mirren.
The Hoops ran out comfortable winners over the Buddies at Parkhead, as goals from Forrest, Joe Ledley, Shaun Maloney and Ki Sung-Yong sealed the victory.
Forrest, 19, produced a particularly outstanding display and Lennon says that while he does not want to build him up too much, he could not help but praise the youngster after his first start of the campaign.
He said: "I'm trying to keep a lid on the kid, not banging the drum but trying to play it down, but I couldn't keep him out of the team any longer.
"He was ready to play and I think everybody saw today how good he can be. It's a great start to his career.
"Everything you do, you try to do positively. He's an exciting player with an eye for goal.
"He's an old-fashioned winger who just wants to hurt people. He looks like a kid that's come in off the street and said, 'Right, throw me a ball, I'm ready to play'.
"I love his attitude and he's a breath of fresh air."
Lennon was impressed with the performance of his side and now hopes to take momentum going into the Europa League clash with Utrecht.
"We have got energy in the team and we've got quality. It's all right me asking them to do it, they've got to take it on board," he added.
"You can't play like that all the time, but in certain games you can and the crowd responded to the players.
"It was important to go to Utrecht with a good result because it's a big game in the context of the season and we'd like to get a European run going."
Meanwhile, St Mirren boss Danny Lennon struggled to find any positives from his own team's display and admitted his game plan disappeared after the opening goal.
He remarked: "We certainly caught them on a very good day today. Everything we spoke about prior to the game, we ended up doing the opposite.
"We gave them the dream start in the first five minutes and that gives, not just their players, but their fans a lift.
"We tried to go out with a game plan to frustrate them and try and get the crowd on to them, but that didn't happen.
"The players aren't going to come up against this quality week in, week out. They're a quality side that move the ball with a tempo and from a footballing point of view it was thrilling to watch even if it wasn't nice to be on the end of it."