Former Celtic striker Chris Sutton thinks James Forrest doesn’t quite get the credit he deserves because he’s a homegrown player, writing in his Daily Record column.
Forrest was again instrumental for the Hoops today, especially in the second half when his attacking urgency helped the team move seven points clear at the top of the Scottish Premiership.
His injury-time goal rounded off a 4-1 victory against Hamilton Accies, fine reward for his hard work.
Writing prior to that match in his Saturday column for The Daily Record, Sutton said: “It does seem that the local boys get the stick first. It’s the same at every club in the UK. I saw it myself with Aiden McGeady and Shaun Maloney.
“Others would be cut more slack than the two homegrown boys. We say that it’s wonderful for clubs to produce their own, yet there’s a section who get on their case first.
“Forrest is the type who has been there for so long that people won’t appreciate him until he’s gone.
“He’s not even in his 30s and he’s got 18 winners’ medals. He’s amongst the most decorated players in the club’s history.”
A modern-day legend?
Sutton is referring to some criticism of the player after a lacklustre December. Although going on a goalscoring tear in the early stages of the season, he managed to score just one goal in the final month of 2019.
The performance of every player against Rangers heightened the scrutiny but it appears Forrest is refreshed after the winter break and ready to build on his scoring and assist tallies.
He’s scored a magnificent 16 goals this season and created 18 assists (Transfermarkt), so if any Celtic fans don’t know just how important he is to this team, they need to take a closer look!
At this rate he’s got as much chance of going down with Scott Brown as a modern Celtic legend as anyone else at the club.
Still just 28, he’s in his peak years and we could get plenty more out of him yet.