Celtic's James Forrest finally getting the credit he deserves

By daniel.cole

November 21, 2018

James Forrest’s exploits for Celtic and Scotland recently have finally seen him given the recognition he deserves.

In his last 11 competitive games, Forrest has notched 12 goals. This is including his hat-trick for Scotland against Israel.

He has five in two games for his country, and has dragged them to a Euro 2020 play-off almost single-handed.

Forrest celebrates his second goal against Israel. (Photo by Mark Runnacles – UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)

The winger is on fine form for Celtic too. He recently notched four goals in one game, sparking Celtic’s recent domestic dominance.

However, he hasn’t always been the flavour of the month for fans at Parkhead.

Under Brendan Rodgers, Forrest has been a revelation. Rodgers has had many success stories in terms of managing individual players to better themselves at Celtic.

Tom Rogic and Callum McGregor spring to mind, but Forrest is probably his number one talent.

The difference in the winger is night and day since Rodgers took charge. He’s now been consistently one of Celtic’s best players for the last 18 months.

Scotland’s hat-trick hero is mobbed by team mates. (Photo by Mark Runnacles – UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)

It has taken time for the Celtic fans to feel safe enough to fully trust Forrest. He’s always had his ardent supporters, but also his extreme doubters.

No one can deny in the last 18 months, however, he’s been markedly improved, adding consistency to his game.

In regards to his performance against Israel, some fans on twitter were quick to praise the winger.

 Entering his peak

If he keeps this form up, Celtic’s resolve may well be tested in January.

However, the winger is a one-club man and has never made any noises about leaving Celtic.

It’s imperative that Celtic keep their in-form attacker, because it looks like finally he’s entering his peak.

The next few years may be fruitful for Celtic, Scotland and Forrest.