Scottish round-up: Forrest shows his promise as Celtic put four past St Mirren

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Celtic swept St Mirren aside at Parkhead yesterday and brushed away any concerns they will lack flair without the departed Aiden McGeady.

This was a day for new Celtic heroes, not least among them James Forrest, a young homegrown winger in the McGeady mold, who claimed their third of four goals against an outclassed St Mirren.

Joe Ledley put Celtic ahead on six minutes and when Shaun Maloney claimed a second before half-time with a deflected effort, the outcome was never in serious doubt.

Forrest's moment, which came after 68 minutes, will be remembered by him but the pick of the goals was still to come, Ki Sung-yueng's late strike from well outside the area the stand-out goal of the match.

Meanwhile, Rangers manager Walter Smith has urged Kyle Lafferty to demonstrate more discipline after picking up a red card in only the second game of the season.

Both Lafferty and Hibernian's Kevin McBride were dismissed by referee Iain Brines following a melee sparked by Lafferty's challenge on Liam Miller.

The Scottish champions went on to triumph 3-0 thanks to a Kenny Miller hat-trick yesterday despite the dismissal of Lafferty.

Smith said: "I suppose this is the best time to get red and yellow cards when they are all fit but we don't want him to get sent off at any time of the season.

"Kyle has had a couple of things happen to him now and he is going to have to adjust and discipline himself a little better than he has done in the past."

Elsewhere, Inverness Caledonian Thistle had a remarkable away-day win at Dundee triumphing 4-0, while Motherwell were victorious 1-0 at Kilmarnock.