James Forrest reveals a change of boots inspired Celtic win

James Forrest
A switch from white boots to black saw Forrest score twice in a 4-1 win

Celtic manager Neil Lennon insisted on a half-time boot change for James Forrest after Celtic went 1-0 down to Hibs in the Scottish League Cup.

The 20-year-old scored 90 seconds after the restart and again 12 minutes later.

"I told Forrest to change his boots for a start," Lennon told BBC Scotland's Sportsound.

"He was playing with these white moulded boots on and he kept stumbling over the ball and wasn't right in his thinking at all."

An unfortunate own goal by Celtic defender Daniel Majstorovic after just four minutes gave the home side the interval lead.

But after he had discarded his white boots, Forrest grabbed a double and further goals from Anthony Stokes and Gary Hooper put the Parkhead men in the hat for the semi-final alongside Kilmarnock and First Division duo Ayr and Falkirk.

And the winger revealed he agreed with Lennon's half-time footwear assessment.

"It probably makes him feel better but I was going to change them myself anyway," Forrest said.

"All the players have different pairs of boots and change them, but they will be binned now."

Lennon was full of praise for the Scotland international, who had also proved pivotal in Celtic's comeback against Kilmarnock earlier this month.

"James is the type of kid you can have a go at and get a positive response and he set the tone for the second half straightaway, he was magnificent," the Celtic manager added.

"He is a great talent, no doubt about it. He is very quick over five or 10 yards, the physical side is improving and he has a lot of belief in himself.

"He goes both ways with pace, he plays with menace, he is a hard man to stop and he will only improve."

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