Celtic winger James Forrest names his toughest ever opponent in Instagram Q+A

By Euan Davidson

January 13, 2022

Celtic winger James Forrest has named Kyle Walker of Manchester City and England as his toughest ever opponent in an Instagram Q+A.

Walker, formerly of Sheffield United and Tottenham Hotspur, is an England mainstay, and he’s only improving with age and guidance from Pep Guardiola. Thus far, the 31-year-old has amassed 3 Premier League titles and 65 England caps.

And Forrest, whose trophy haul would put most players’ to shame, has named him as the best ever defender he’s faced.

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Asked during an Instagram Q+A on Celtic’s official page, Forrest responded: “Probably Kyle Walker. He was rapid.

“Jordi Alba would be there, too.”

Naturally, with both Celtic and Scotland, Forrest has faced some of the toughest opposition going. Yet, Lee Wallace and Filip Senderos were suspiciously missed out by the veteran Celtic winger.

For club and country, he’s gone against the best. Jordi Alba is a name Celtic fans are more than familiar with, of course. The Barcelona left-back scored an agonising late goal at the Nou Camp against the Bhoys in 2012 [BBC]. Naturally, we’d end up getting our revenge a month later.

As for Kyle Walker? He’s faced Forrest in battles between Scotland and the Auld Enemy. The Englishman hadn’t been signed by the time Celtic did battle against Manchester City, back in 16-17 [Sky Sports].

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Celtic winger James Forrest gives nods to Kyle Walker, Greece and the number 49

For the typically attention-reticent James Forrest, the Celtic Instagram Q&A was surprisingly insightful.

Alongside the Kyle Walker and Jordi Alba chat, Forrest was asked about why he wears the number 49, his favourite holiday destination, the most important goal he’s scored and other topics. For the record, he wears 49 because it was the first number he got, he likes Greece, and he rates his strikes in the 5-0 win over Rangers and his late goal against Shakhtar Karagandy as his favourites.

And, because he’s only human; his favourite player and inspiration growing up was, of course, Henrik Larsson.

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It’s honestly good to hear from the Celtic winger. He tends to eschew the spotlight off the pitch. Not on social media, you’re seldom likely to hear about Forrest from a non-footballing perspective. He doesn’t have the online presence of a Joe Hart or Christopher Jullien, for example.

In today’s game, it’s actually quite refreshing. We don’t really have a right to know more about players than they’re willing to share. James Forrest seems like you or I, a normal enough person, albeit with far more talent and titles in his house.

So, fair play to the guy. And to Kyle Walker; a Celtic legend-in-waiting’s toughest opponent.

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