James Forrest was a key man for Celtic against Rosenborg, and Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes is well aware of the threat he could cause his team.
The Dons stand in Celtic’s way, as Brendan Rodgers looks to guide Celtic to a third consecutive League Cup on Sunday. The Hoops have been on top form recently, with Forrest arguably the main attraction.
The Scotland winger is almost guaranteed to start against the Dons on Sunday. With five goals in two games in the recent international break, McInnes knows the damage Forrest could do to his side.
Speaking about Forrest, McInnes told the Daily Record: “I think behind any big result there are normally key players. Forrest was obviously the one who topped off a fantastic team performance for Scotland with his goals.
“To not score in 24 internationals then score five goals in two games was incredible. He will be feeling really good about himself and rightly so.
“He has always been a player who has threatened to make the difference. Over the last number of years he has found consistency. I think he could play in the English Premier League with no problem.”
Forrest could damage the inconsistent Dons
Forrest’s form has been well documented. In his last 13 appearances for club and country, he has bagged 12 goals. He’s the man on the lips of most Celtic fans. He was terrific once again in Celtic’s Europa League triumph over the Norwegian champions.
The 27-year old is not the man Aberdeen will want to face. The Dons are an inconsistent side, and this became very clear last Saturday.
Aberdeen were on a run of four straight victories, in which they hadn’t conceded. The Dons were then beaten 3-0 at Fir Park by Motherwell. This Well side had just been beaten 7-1 by Rangers, and hadn’t won against a top six side in league action since August 2017, prior to this fixture.
If Aberdeen turn up on Sunday, it makes for an intriguing cup final. If the side that turned up at Fir Park come to Hampden however, Forrest could grab the headlines once again come Monday morning.