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Celtic's Moussa Dembele: James Forrest is getting better

Moussa Dembele celebrates his 2nd goal (Celtic's 4th) during the Betfred Cup Semi-Final at Hampden Park on October 21, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

James Forrest and Moussa Dembele led Celtic to another trophy on Sunday.

James Forrest of Celtic celebrates his goal (Celtics 1st)with Stuart Armstrong during the Betfred Cup Final at Hampden Park on November 26, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Speaking to Celtic's official website, Moussa Dembele has paid tribute to team-mate James Forrest after the duo led the Hoops to League Cup glory on Sunday.

The 26-year-old opened the scoring in yesterday's 2-0 win over Motherwell at Hampden, cutting inside his marker and bending the ball around Trevor Carson - a superb goal, but something that didn't surprise his team-mate in the slightest.

Dembele, who doubled Celtic's lead from the penalty spot, told the club's official website that Forrest has been "great" for Brendan Rodgers's side and noticed that he is consistently improving.

Scott Brown and James Forrest of Celtic celebrate during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final match between Celtic and Rangers at Hampden Park on April 23, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

“His goal was very good for us and afterwards we scored the second," he said.

"Since I came here he has been great for us and has improved in each game. We have a big squad with good players and that is important for us and I hope he can continue in this way.”

Dembele is right - Forrest is getting better.

James Forrest of Celtic in action during the UEFA Champions League Qualifying Second Round, Second Leg match between Celtic and Linfield at Celtic Park Stadium on July 19, 2017 in Glasgow,...

By scoring on Sunday, the talented winger bagged his eighth goal of the season and already equaled the amount he got during the entire 2016-17 campaign.

Forrest's importance to Celtic was evident in the Champions League qualifiers; especially against Rosenborg when his goal was enough to settle a nervy 1-0 aggregate tie.

Former Hoops man Tony Watt claimed on Twitter that Forrest, when fit, is the "best player in that team" - a very bold statement, but one that deserves to be considered.

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