Celtic hero James Forrest now in his "best condition" yet since Ange Postecoglou arrived

By David Walton

November 18, 2021

Celtic winger James Forrest is now in the “best condition” he’s been in since the arrival of Ange Postecoglou as manager back in June.

Forrest started the campaign in decent form under the new boss, but injury would again strike him down as he missed as many as 14 matches after an unspecified knock.

Before the October internationals however, he made his return to the first-team. Cameo appearances against Livingston, Ferencvaros, and Dundee respectively saw him build up some much-needed momentum. In his 28-minute Dens Park appearance a fortnight ago, he was particularly lively as created a couple of opportunities late on.

And after spending the international break grafting hard at Lennoxtown, Postecoglou has been left extremely impressed with the work James has put been putting in.

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Speaking via Celtic TV in the build-up to St Johnstone on Saturday, Postecoglou said: “James is going well, he’s had a good 2 weeks of training. He’s at really good levels now. Without pre-empting anything, knock on wood, he’s trained really well.

“He’s probably in the best condition he’s been since I got here. I’m very pleased because I’ve been really keen to get him involved.”

Forrest will be fit to face St Johnstone on Saturday, but it remains to be seen if he’ll be ready to make a first start since August.

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James Forrest must be ready to make his Celtic impact in the coming weeks

Celtic have had plenty of fortune in recent weeks that we’ve had the likes of Jota and Liel Abada able to play on the right flank. Without Forrest, we’ve still had some great options for the position.

However, we’re going to need as many natural right-wingers available as we can. As good as Jota is on the right, he’s a lot more suited to the left side. And as positive and potential-packed as Abada may be, he still has much to learn before he’s the finished article.

With 11 games separating us from the beginning of 2022, Forrest is going to be needed and regularly. In truth, we couldn’t be getting him back at a better time, especially with our rivals securing a new manager this afternoon.

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We need as many players on it as possible to put together a winning run that will be almost impossible for Rangers to match. Not to mention the more momentum we gain in the build-up to January’s Glasgow derby, the better.

Forrest has a massive role to play this season. Postecoglou has clearly been waiting on his fitness recovery for a long time. You can sense just how important James is for what the manager wants to do this season.

Hopefully, he’s ready to play a more substantial role against St Johnstone on Saturday than what he was given before the international break.

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