James Forrest comments on Rangers being above Celtic at the top

James Forrest of Celtic FC celebrates during the game  during the UEFA Champions League 2019

Rangers currently sit top of the Scottish Premiership, above rivals Celtic.

James Forrest of Celtic celebrates scoring his team's first goal during the UEFA Champions League, third qualifying round, second leg match between Celtic and CFR Cluj at Celtic Park on...

Celtic winger James Forrest has told The Scottish Sun that 'it's a bit strange' to be trailing Rangers in the race for the title.

The Bhoys lost before entering the international break, as they were beaten 2-0 in a shock defeat at Livingston, with Scott Robinson and Lyndon Dykes condemning them to a loss.

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Rangers took full advantage just hours later, beating Hamilton Academical 5-0 at Ibrox, with Jermain Defoe bagging a hat-trick for Steven Gerrard's side.

 

That took Rangers above Celtic into top spot in the Scottish Premiership, seizing a two-point lead over their Old Firm rivals after eight games played.

There's a long, long way to go yet, and Celtic can take heart from knowing they beat Rangers at Ibrox earlier this season, as well as from a similar situation last season.

Rangers took top spot into the winter break after beating Celtic, but the Bhoys came back strongly and won the league comfortably in the end.

There has again been a break since Rangers took top spot, this time just for the international break, and winger Forrest is hoping for a similar response.

James Forrest of Celtic FC celebrates during the game  during the UEFA Champions League 2019

Forrest has admitted that it's 'strange' to be trailing Rangers at the top of the table, and whilst he praised Rangers for being stronger than last season, he believes Celtic can come back stronger too, starting with a reaction against Ross County this weekend.

“It’s a bit strange not being at the top of the table because it’s around ten months since that was last the case,” said Forrest. “But it keeps us on our toes because we know if we slip-up then Rangers are winning regularly. Rangers went into the New Year level on points with us last season, but we tend to become stronger after the winter break in January. However, we can’t take anything for granted. It’s always tight going into the second half of the season and Rangers are stronger than they were a year ago.”

“We’d been doing really well, but we had a bad performance and a bad result just before the international break. Was it a wake-up call? You would prefer to just keep winning, but it’s practically impossible to maintain that high a level right through a campaign. Now we need to show a reaction to that display this weekend. Hopefully, that’s our bad performance and result behind us,” he added.

Steven Gerrard, Manager of Rangers FC (R) greets Neil Lennon, Manager of Celtic prior to the Ladbrokes Premiership match between Rangers and Celtic at Ibrox Stadium on September 01, 2019...

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