Forrest up for title fight


James Forrest admits it is "a bit strange" not being top of the Scottish Premiership but says Celtic are ready for a title fight.

The Bhoys have dominated domestically in recent years, topping the standings for the last eight years and are aiming for a fourth successive treble.

However, the resurgence of Old Firm rivals Rangers has caught them cold and despite a strong start, a 1-1 draw at Hibernian and a 2-0 loss to Livingston has left Neil Lennon’s side second in the table.

The Gers’ only defeat came in September’s derby at Ibrox but they have otherwise been perfect and sit two points clear at the summit.

Saturday provides Celtic with a chance to get back to winning ways when Ross County arrive at Parkhead and they will look to leapfrog their great rivals, who travel to Hearts on Sunday.

While Rangers’ return to something like title contenders will not have been widely welcomed in the east of Glasgow, it has livened things up for the neutral.

Forrest, who has spent his entire career at Parkhead, admits it is a different feeling not being top of the pile and while confident his team will prevail, is adamant they cannot lose focus.

“It’s a bit strange not being at the top of the table because it’s around 10 months since that was last the case,” he told the Glasgow Evening Times. “But it keeps us on our toes because we know that if we slip up then Rangers are winning regularly so it’s vital that we take the three points off Ross County on Saturday.

“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.”