Five talking points as James Forrest goals beats Partick Thistle

1. Sweet Sixteen – that’s sixteen goals James Forrest has scored this season and his outstanding hat-trick today was just enough as Celtic struggled to shake off a dogged Thistle side.

“I am delighted to get my first ever hat-trick to get us into the quarter finals,” Jamesy said after the game.

Brendan Rodgers was full of praise for Forrest’s performance but admitted that his side will have to play much better if they are to retain the Scottish Cup.

2. Slackness at the back – two up and cruising, James Forrest had just been denied a hat-trick in the first twenty minutes, Thistle were on the ropes and looked down and out and looking at being on the wrong end of a hammering.

The whole mood changed however when Jozo Simunovic was negligent with a pass back to gift Thistle a route back into the game. If Partick Thistle can punish Celtic for such slackness then  heaven help up on Thursday against Zenit.

Brendan said that Jozo’s mistake gave Thistle the oxygen to get back into the game. Celtic made hard work of winning today due to slack defending. And Jozo wasn’t finished there safari as handing out gift wrapped goal scoring opportunities to the Jags. He is a player worryingly off form.

3. Not Charly’s Day – Charly Musonda started in the number 10 position for the first time today at Celtic Park but it was one of those days for the Belgian playmaker. He will be looking to make a bigger impact on Thursday night.

4. Rogic ready – Tom Rogic was stripped and ready to come on when Conor Sammon out-muscled Jozo Simunovic and found the bottom corner to make it 3-2. The talented Australian was immediately told by Brendan Rodgers that there was going to be a change of plan and the third change saw Eboue Kouassi  come on to shore things up. We will have to wait to see Rogic back on the park.

5. Heart in mouth finish- unbelievably Thistle had a real opportunity in stoppage time to grab an equaliser and take the holders back to Maryhill. Dorus de Vries hesitated and Parkhead held its breath. Only a block from Kieran Tierney saved Celtic from throwing the win away. It was close.

About Author

The Celtic Star founder and editor David Faulds has edited numerous Celtic books over the past decade or so including several from Lisbon Lions, Willie Wallace, Tommy Gemmell and Jim Craig. Earliest Celtic memories include a win over East Fife at Celtic Park and the 4-1 League Cup loss to Partick Thistle as a 6 year old. Best game? Easy 4-2, 1979 when Ten Men Won the League. Email

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