Extra day for James Forrest to recover is a welcome derby bonus for Celtic

By John McGinley

April 12, 2021

The decision to move back the weekend’s derby between Celtic and Rangers one day could well end up being a positive for the Bhoys.

The Scottish FA announced earlier today that the fixture at Ibrox will be played almost 24 hours later due to the state funeral taking place in England.

Originally scheduled for 4 pm on Saturday, the match now goes ahead at 3 pm on Sunday. It will still be broadcast live on Premier Sports.

That will actually suit Celtic.

One of the big concerns coming out of Saturday’s match against Livingston was the injury status of winger James Forrest.

The Scotland international has only just returned from a six-month layoff because of an ankle problem and walked out of the weekend match early.

However, with John Kennedy confirming it was a precaution after back, hip and hamstring stiffness, there’s hope he can still feature at Ibrox.

The extra 24 hours could be crucial. Celtic will be taking a wait-and-see approach before unleashing the winger and that little window could just seal the deal.

Forrest will not want to pick up any nasty niggles or muscle injuries in the build-up to this summer’s European Championships.

This is a must-win derby for Celtic though and he could well end up being one of our most important players.

Celtic winger James Forrest starts v Falkirk / (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

The way to exploit Rangers, as spoken about in the media by Michael Stewart and Jackie McNamara recently, is through the inside channels between full-back and centre-half.

Forrest is an expert at that game and has already shown in limited appearances since his return how much he can bring to the Celtic attack.

All eyes will be on that team announcement.

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