My goodness, how many of us have underestimated the importance of having James Forrest fit and available.
Indeed, the Celtic winger stepped up his return to action with a superb goal to break the deadlock against Livingston. That goal came minutes after he had found the net again earlier on only for it to be flagged for offside.
Forrest’s trickery was a major problem for Livingston throughout the game yesterday. Had Celtic not played with such width, with James on the right and Moi on the left, it would never have been a 6-0 game.
But the Hoops managed to make the pitch far too big for Livingston. Width is what provided the springboard for Celtic to storm to the title last season. It’s incredible that it’s taken us so long this term to work out how important it is. Especially against packed defences.
Of course, the game would have a major sour note to it. Forrest would come off on 58 minutes limping and struggling to cope with his hamstring. It looked a nasty one, with John Kennedy simply admitting post-match that it would be a waiting game.
James Forrest needs to be unleashed at Ibrox – he looks in the mood
Whilst the injury to Forrest isn’t in the same area as his long-term ankle problem he suffered this season, a pulled hammy can be just as bad. Especially if it’s a serious tear that simply hasn’t been identified yet.
With Celtic set to travel to Ibrox on Saturday, there’s an overwhelming need for James to be fit. Celtic don’t have any other options for the wide-right position if he isn’t. Putting Ryan Christie back out there doesn’t help our cause either.
If Forrest was to miss out, nobody knows what kind of ripple effect that would have throughout the team. If Kennedy moved Christie over to the right, he could look to centralise Elyounoussi. The man who bagged two goals from the left-wing position yesterday.
It’s anyone’s guess as to how that could affect the rest of the team. All we know for sure is that we need Forrest back, especially considering he’s on a run of two goals in two games.
And the Celtic supporters were keen to highlight his importance post-match too. Here’s a look at what many Hoops fans are saying:
Good all round display today, livi lucky it was only six, hope James Forrest is ok
— JustAnOrdinaryBhoy (@ordinarybhoy) April 10, 2021
Based on Kennedy’s comments, not sounding as dire as it could’ve on James Forrest, but not guaranteed to be nothing either. We’ll just need to wait and see what the chat is midweek I suppose. He needs to play next week or I think we’re goosed.
— Marc McArdle (@marcmcardle1) April 10, 2021
Hoping Jamesy Forrest is okay & good to go for the weekend. Would be another big blow… 🙏🏼 pic.twitter.com/mUSlw38dAB
— 🍀 Celtic Info 🍀 (@Celtic_Info) April 10, 2021
Excellent performance @CelticFC Only worry is Forrest we need him next week. Bring on Sevco. HH
— Celtic Gossip (@CelticGossip) April 10, 2021
Almost forgot what it was like to enjoy watching a Celtic game.
Credit to the likes of Bain and Welsh for big performances and a clean sheet. If the money is right we need to get Moi, different class.
Fingers crossed for Forrest but did not look good.
— Tetraplegic bhoy (@stevenceltic81) April 10, 2021
Im just hoping he’s got a wee niggle & went off as a precaution! What a difference he’s made since coming back 💚
— Ann-marie Colvan (@AnnmarieColvan) April 10, 2021
i swear if he’s out for the derby
— aidan (@aidankd67) April 10, 2021