Celtic aim to bounce back in Scottish Cup quarter-final clash with St Mirren

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 02 March, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 02 March, 2013, 7:29am


Celtic winger James Forrest says his side will be fired up for their Scottish Cup quarter-final clash with St Mirren today as they look to bounce back from their midweek league loss to Motherwell.

The Parkhead side, who are still 19 points clear atop the Scottish Premier League, make the short trip to Paisley to take on the Buddies for a place in the last four of the competition, as they look to keep alive their hopes of a league and cup double.

The match comes three days after Celtic fell to their first league defeat of the year as Motherwell beat them 2-1 at Fir Park.

Forrest was one of only a couple of players not to come in for criticism after that match from manager Neil Lennon, who labelled his players complacent and lazy. But that did not diminish the 21-year-old's disappointment at the final outcome, and he insists that everyone in the Celtic squad is desperate to make amends for the result in the match against St Mirren.

"It's all about the team, and hopefully we can get back on track [today]," said Forrest.

"It was disappointing. We knew that Motherwell are second or third in the league, and we were all up for the game. It just wasn't to be our night and we just need to prepare for the next game now," he added. "All of the boys will be up for it, and obviously we want to win the game and go as far as we can in the cup."