Celtic moved to within one win of another Scottish Cup title on Sunday afternoon, when they brushed Aberdeen aside 3-0 at Hampden Park in the second semi-final of the competition.
If we are to assume that the Bhoys will convert their significant advantage in the Scottish Premiership into a title winning campaign, Neil Lennon’s men are effectively now just one win away from an incredible treble treble being secured.
These are wonderful days for Celtic, despite a number of clubs looking to challenge them this term. There was a time earlier in the season when the gap between the Glasgow giants and the rest had looked to have been narrowed, but this semi-final suggested otherwise.
You got the feeling that from the time James Forrest put the Bhoys ahead on the stroke of half time with a stunning opener, the tie was over as a contest as Aberdeen, without a number of key players to be fair to them, never truly looked like getting back into things.
The gloss was added to the scoreline by Odsonne Edouard and Tom Rogic in the second half, either side of the Dons having a second player sent off to kill any chances they had of attempting to level proceedings.
Given that Celtic have lost their manager and had plenty of key injuries to deal with this season, were they to land another treble it would be a remarkable achievement.
One of the reasons why that is still possible has been the wonderful performances of Forrest. The Scotland international has taken his game up a level this term, and that has been recognised by the Bhoys’ faithful.
Many of them shot onto social media after the final whistle at Hampden to reflect on their star man and discuss what he brings to the side.
Here are some of their messages:
James Forrest. Too good for up here. Above and beyond in every big game he plays. Would start for a mid table Premier League side.
— Craig (@_SimplyCraig_) April 15, 2019
James Forrest has to be the most underrated Scottish footballer of the last 20 years given his medal haul
— paddyhoey (@paddyhoey) April 14, 2019
Anyone else think James Forrest's goal today was reminiscent of Kenny Dalgleish in his prime. Wee man is the player of the year imo.
— Scott (@scoop720) April 14, 2019
James forrest is 100% deserving of a testimonial at celtic
Guys been through everything with us and a great servant
Lost count of the amount of huge goals hes scored for us
One of the most under appreciated players ive seen at celtic
— steven smith (@19StevenSmith87) April 14, 2019
James Forrest’s goal should be spoke about if it was any other team it would be everywhere he doesn’t get enough credit one of my favourite players 🍀
— Donna oreilly (@Donnaor00004032) April 14, 2019
Tell me a better player this season than James Forrest? Big game player who produces it when needed!
Scotland's Player of the Year 🏆
— Frank82 (@Fdunn1982) April 14, 2019
Is James Forrest doesn't win player of the year then everybody voting needs to take a right good look at themselves
— Martin M (@martinm248) April 14, 2019
James Forrest is absolute class. Scores some amount of goals these days n still doesnae know how tae celebrate haha what a guy
— James Quinn (@Quiiiinn) April 14, 2019
James Forrest Celtic Legend
— john livingston (@livi68) April 14, 2019
In reality James Forrest just is 10x the player messi is
— Jamie Watson (@JamieWatson67) April 14, 2019