Neil Lennon has heaped praise on James Forrest following Celtic’s 3-0 victory over Aberdeen in Sunday’s Scottish Cup semi final, describing the winger as “one of the best players in Britain,” according to BBC Sport.

Forrest opened the scoring for the Hoops with a wonderful strike from range against the Dons, who had both Dominic Ball and Lewis Ferguson sent off at Hampden Park.

The winger also scored Celtic’s winner in the Glasgow Derby against Rangers last month, and Lennon was full of praise for the 27-year-old following the victory.

He’s a beautifully balanced footballer, he’s having a great three or four years, but the potential was always there when he was a kid.

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He’s one of the best players in Britain now. His goal was top-class and set us on another tremendous victory. He’s been absolutely outstanding since I’ve come in the door, so I’m very, very grateful for his performances.

Forrest’s strike against Aberdeen was his 14th goal of the season, and the winger will surely play a big part for the Hoops once again in the final.

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