James Forrest could be in the Celtic squad for St Johnstone trip

By John McGinley

February 13, 2021

Neil Lennon has provided an update on the injury status of James Forrest after his return to Celtic training over the last couple of weeks.

The winger took part in full first-team sessions at Lennoxtown this week, and now the club are waiting on word from a specialist before proceeding.

Lennon even thinks there’s a chance he’s in the Celtic match squad for tomorrow’s trip to McDiarmid Park.

The Celtic boss told The Scottish Sun: “James was training Monday and Tuesday, he went to see a specialist on Wednesday and we were hoping for the all-clear.

“We may have him in the squad for the weekend game.

“We have missed him, there’s absolutely no question of that. Any team would miss a player of that quality. His contribution to this club in my time since coming back here has been unbelievable, magnificent.

“I think before the lockdown he was up around 18 or 19 goals and probably as many assists as well. And he’s been doing that consistently for the best part of six or seven years here.”

Forrest has been out of action for nearly five months, since late September.

Celtic have struggled for width without him and don’t really have another player able to hit the byline and terrorise a defensive line from the right wing.

Lennon is right to point to his form from last season too. He had netted 16 goals and assisted another 22 before lockdown came around.

James Forrest in action for Celtic back in September / (Photo by Paul Campbell/Getty Images)

Having that kind of firepower in our team will be very welcome.

Don’t expect him to start against St Johnstone, of course. However, it would be no surprise to see him get some minutes off the bench in the second half if the situation is right.

The manager clearly wants him back in action as quickly as possible.

In other news, David Webb has been linked with the Celtic Director of Football role.