Tuesday 24 April 2018

Forrest backs Celtic to grow

Celtic winger James Forrest declared Neil Lennon's young team would continue to improve together after becoming one of three players to reaffirm their commitment to the club.



The 21-year-old has signed an improved contract tying him to Parkhead until December 2016, while Adam Matthews and Charlie Mulgrew both penned new deals until summer 2016.

"We are gelling well and I think we are playing really well now. The squad is pretty young and the more games we play together, I think the better the team will get," said Forrest.

Celtic face a double-header against Barcelona in the Champions League, but first they host Hearts in the league today.

Meanwhile, Pat Fenlon's Hibernian moved to the top of the table with a deserved 3-0 win over Dundee.

Reid fires Forest to win

Andy Reid's superb strike gave Nottingham Forest their first away win in the Championship, defeating Peterborough 1-0.

Reid scored the only goal of the game after 51 minutes as Forest halted a five-game winless streak. Simon Cox was restored to the Forest starting line-up after a one-match suspension.

Meanwhile, Cox's Irish team-mate Sean St Ledger limped off with a knock during his Leicester side's 2-0 win over Bristol City.

McDonald stings Hornets

SCOTT McDonald came off the bench to score the winner as Middlesbrough defeated 10-man Watford 2-1 in the Championship clash at Vicarage Road.

The Hornets made a fantastic start as Troy Deeney scored in the first minute before Marvin Emnes levelled. Two minutes before half-time, Gianfranco Zola saw his side controversially reduced to 10 men as Matej Vydra was given his marching orders for an apparent stamp.

Elsewhere, Luciano Becchio's controversial first-half penalty earned a 1-0 win for Leeds at home to Barnsley.

Meanwhile, Alan Shearer says he is open to the possibility of taking up the vacant manager's role at Blackburn.

The former Rovers striker spent four years at Ewood Park as a player. "I've not spoken to the owners. If they approached me, I would speak to them," he said.

Barca look for Real knockout

IT may only be six games into the season but Real Madrid head into today's Nou Camp showdown with arch-rivals Barcelona knowing a defeat could cause irrevocable damage to the defence of their Primera Liga title.

Madrid's sluggish start combined with Barca's red-hot form has already seen Tito Vilanova's men open up an eight-point gap on the reigning champions.

Barca midfielder Xavi admits the benefits of a victory for his side would be huge, but insists that the Catalan giants are not getting carried away with the situation.

"It would be a big blow to morale for Madrid," he said. "It would a very important advantage but we could still lose those points."

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