The Steve Clarke decision that will be applauded by the Celtic support

By John Reid

September 10, 2019

It is fair to say that Scotland didn’t have the best of nights in their recent European Champions qualifier against Belgium.

Steve Clarke’s side were hammered 4-0 at home by Belgium. The performance from the Scottish side was a poor one, as few players stood out on the night.

However, Steve Clarke made one decision that will be applauded by the Celtic support. He did not involve Hoops winger James Forrest at any stage of the match.

Decision could be considered a surprise

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In a move that could be considered a surprise, he kept Scotland’s reigning player of the year on the bench all night.

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That is a bit of an odd move, as Forrest has been the best Scottish player in the Premiership for over a year now. However, the decision will be welcomed by Neil Lennon and the Celtic support.

With Celtic about to embark on a hectic schedule, any brief rest that the top players in the team can get will be most welcomed.

Forrest played a lot of football last season, and has already played a lot this season as well. Therefore, any break he can get can only be good news for the player.

Good for the player in the long run?

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No doubt personally he wouldn’t be too happy about not getting on the pitch. However, in the long run it could be good for the player.

It will now be interesting to see if he starts for Celtic against Hamilton on Saturday. There may have been a chance that he wouldn’t had he started for Scotland against Belgium.

However, as he has been rested, there is no reason for Lennon not to give Forrest the nod to start as the Hoops aim to keep up their 100% record at the start of the season.

Perhaps not being chosen for Scotland will inspire Forrest to up his game even more. Should that be the case, it is definitely good news for the Hoops.