Brendan Rodgers hands new Celtic title to James Forrest after dazzling Dundee double

Brendan Rodgers has named James Forrest a "father of success" for Celtic after his double settled a nervy match against Dundee.

The experienced winger's strikes either side of half-time had the Hoops two goals up before Adam Idah's own goal made for a tense finish with the Dee putting some pressure on in the search for an equaliser. The first was a beautiful volley from outside the box which gave Jon McCracken absolutely no chance, while the second was more of a predatory finish after poor defending from the home side.

And it ultimately proved to be crucial in winning the match given the Dark Blues ended up pulling one back. Rodgers admitted his side were a bit nervy towards the end of the game but was chuffed to see them show the collective spirit to get through it unscathed.

Speaking to BBC Sportsound, he said: "Yeah it was (nervy). We were in control, 2-0, with 15 minutes or so to go and looked like we could maybe get one or two more but their goal goes in to give them a bit of hope. You have to then show your spirit and defend your box because there were a lot of balls aerially into the box, corners, throw-ins, so it was pleasing to get over the line.

"The pitch makes a difference for ourselves and the speed of the game, dry and bumpy, so that never makes for a fluid game and you could see that. But Dundee have had a fantastic season, I'm so pleased for Tony and his players and staff, they're not in the top six by accident.

"Collectively they work very hard and can be a threat. So you have to overcome that. We've played better at times than today but it was all important to get three points and the players did that well by the end."

On Forrest's incredible contribution, he added: "I said to the players after that James is one of the fathers of the success here over the last decade. What he's given on and off the pitch is a real symbol of that. Humble and under-stated. But he has that immense quality, both his finishes, his first was absolutely brilliant, but every time he has the ball he can keep it, beat a man, come inside and make a pass. He's fantastic and I'm really pleased for him."