James Forrest says there is assurance among the Celtic squad

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Celtic winger James Forrest insists there is assurance among the squad as they prepare for their biggest game of the season in the Champions League.

The Hoops travel to Israel on Sunday for the second-leg of their Champions League playoff tie against Hapoel Beer-Sheva at the Turner Stadium on Tuesday.

Forrest, who has made an impressive start to the new campaign made a vital contribution in helping his side earn a 5-2 victory in last Wednesday’s first-leg at Celtic Park.

And the Scotland international scored his second Scottish Premiership goal of the season as Celtic beat St Johnstone 4-2 at McDiarmid Park on Saturday.

“Confidence is going through the full team just now since the start of pre-season. We’re kicking on and hopefully we can take that confidence into Tuesday night,” Forrest said.

“I just think since day one of pre-season it has been hard training and everybody has been benefiting from it – fitness and football-wise as well.

“The more games we play we can kick on from there and I think we did that today. This is a hard place to come to and get three points.

“We had a good performance on Wednesday and had a good result. Everyone wanted to play and come here because it is still important to get the three points and keep the momentum going for Tuesday night.”