Kieran Tierney shares tactic Lennon gave players on Sunday, surrounding James Forrest

Celtic's Scottish defender Kieran Tierney runs during a UEFA Europa league group stage football match between Celtic and Liepzig at Celtic Park stadium in Glasgow, Scotland on November 8,...

James Forrest starred in Celtic's Scottish Cup semi-final win on Sunday.

Celtic's Scottish defender Kieran Tierney runs during a UEFA Europa league group stage football match between Celtic and Liepzig at Celtic Park stadium in Glasgow, Scotland on November 8,...

Celtic defender Kieran Tierney has revealed to The Scottish Sun that Neil Lennon simply told his players to get the ball to James Forrest on Sunday.

The Bhoys were in Scottish Cup action on Sunday afternoon, taking on Aberdeen at Hampden Park in a semi-final clash as Hearts awaited in the final.

Celtic claimed the win in a feisty encounter, as Aberdeen had both Dominic Ball and Lewis Ferguson sent off, with Forrest, Odsonne Edouard and Tom Rogic all getting on the scoresheet in a 3-0 Celtic win.

 

Lennon has taken his side another step closer to a third straight domestic treble, and Forrest again underlined why he's a frontrunner for Player of the Year not just for Celtic, but in the whole of Scotland.

The 27-year-old has hit a staggering 17 goals and 20 assists in 52 appearances this season, and shows no signs of slowing down despite his huge workload.

A Bhoys youth graduate who very nearly left the club before Brendan Rodgers' arrival in 2016, Forrest is now a key player for Celtic thanks to his pace, dribbling and end product.

Now, teammate Tierney has admitted that boss Lennon gave one simple tactic to the Celtic players before Sunday's game, and that was to get the ball to Forrest whenever possible because he is so good.

14th April 2019, Hampden Park, Glasgow, Scotland; Scottish Cup football, semi final, Aberdeen versus Celtic;  James Forrest of Celtic celebrates making it 1-0 to Celtic in the 46th minute

Forrest's goal was an outstanding long-range hit, and Tierney admitted that he actually wanted the ball before seeing it sail into the top corner, adding that he's running out of compliments for the Scottish wide man.

“James is always looking for the ball but, hey, we want him on the ball,” said Tierney. “That was our instruction. If we get the ball and James is there, give it to him and watch him go. James is that good. In so many games now he’s getting doubled-up on because they know he’s such a threat, but he still manages to find space and take men on. It’s a joy for us to play in the same team as him.”

“At his goal, I was actually screaming for the ball — then next thing I know I’m running towards him to say, ‘Good job, Jamesy’. I am running out of compliments for him because we are complimenting him every week now. He’s scoring goals and getting assists. It really is fantastic to have a player like him in your team,” he added.

Neil Lennon the manager of Celtic before the Scottish Cup semi-final between Aberdeen and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 14, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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