JAMES FORREST was as surprised as anyone as he stooped to plant a superb header into the top corner to score Celtic's decisive goal against St Mirren on Wednesday night, but the winger is just happy he could contribute to what he feels could be a vital three points.

Celtic closed the gap on Rangers to three points at the top of the table with the win over Jim Goodwin's side, and Forrest feels that the champions are finally getting up a head of steam after a stop-start opening to the campaign.

“It’s only the second header I’ve ever scored," Forrest said. “My first was from about a yard too!

“I think it was about three or four years ago, at home to Kilmarnock. I’m just pleased to score and help the team win.

“It was an important win for us It’s always a hard place to go to, especially with the way St Mirren play. We showed a good bit of character after going a goal down.

"It’s massive. We had the couple of games at the start of the season which were postponed so it’s taken a while to get going.

“It’s good now that we’re slowly but surely getting to where we want to be.

“We’re going to have another hard game on Saturday but it’s up to us to make sure we get the three points and climb the table.

“Since dropping points at Killie we’ve done well in the games. We’ve managed to win all out games since then and have scored quite a lot of goals as well.

“We’ve got a big squad and if you look at the bench at St Mirren it was really strong. The manager can change it if he needs to.

“There are a lot of games and a lot of competitions we want to do well in. The manager made four changes to freshen the team up against St Mirren so it’s good we have a strong squad."