Celtic winger James Forrest has rubbished claims that there is a split within the Celtic dressing room.

Kilmarnock striker Kris Boyd gave an interview to BBC Scotland in which he claimed to know there were divisions in the Hoops camp but those were dismissed by Forrest.

The Celtic winger netted four goals in a 6-0 win over St Johnstone yesterday afternoon, a performance that could kickstart what has so far been an insipid season from Brendan Rodgers' team.

"We have heard people say that but since the manager came in the changing room has been very solid," said Forrest.

“It’s easy to say there is a split in the changing room when you get a few bad results.

“But you can see we are getting there, there is definitely no split.

“We have a great bunch of lads who are working hard and this result will give us a boost going into the matches after the break."

Forrest netted a hat-trick in the League Cup against Partick Thistle last February but yesterday's haul of four was a first for him in his professional career.

“That’s the first time I have scored four goals for Celtic so it’s great," he smiled.

“The manager has been wanting us to become more ruthless again and I think you saw that hunger from us from start to finish.

“We couldn’t have done much better - a result like that has been coming.

“We have been playing okay but not taking the chances, but we did that today and the score reflects it.

“Getting the goal early helps, after that we were pressing high up the park and creating chances.

“Was this my best performance? The goals were unbelievable, there is nothing better for your confidence than scoring. "

The win outs Celtic within three points of league leaders Hearts with Forrest looking to put pressure on the Tynecastle side after the international break.

“We have Hibs and Hearts when we come back from the international break, so they are all hard games," he said.

“We just have to make sure we stay at the top of our game.

“You can talk about the last two seasons but we have not started the same this time.

“But we have always had the confidence in the changing room that if we keep working hard then it would change.

“We are slowly but surely getting there.

“Six goals, a clean sheet and a few different players scoring as well is what we were looking for.

“It helps everyone in the team when you get results like this, I think it’s the first time we have scored more than three this season.

“We have set the marker again now, we just have to kick on and continue this."