Former Celtic striker Frank McAvennie believes that Hoops winger James Forrest will be a serious contender to be named as Scotland’s player of the year.

Forrest continued his good run of form with a fabulous opening goal in Celtic’s 3-0 Scottish Cup semi-final win over Aberdeen.

It was his 17th goal of the season, and McAvennie claims that such performances could lead to end of season awards for the player.

“Big game player”

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“Forrest is a big game player” he told the Herald. “He should be doing it every week. But you look at him now, and he’s a big game player”

“He’s going to be up there for player of the year” he concluded.

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Forrest has taken his game to a new level in the last two seasons. Last season he scored 17 goals, he has already reached that target this season and looks set to surpass it.

First names on the team sheet

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He has gone from being a player who lost his place in the side to Patrick Roberts to becoming one of the first names on the team sheet every week.


Credit for that must be given to Forrest, former boss Brendan Rodgers and current interim manager Neil Lennon.

The trio have managed to find a way to take Forrest to a new level. A level that few would have thought he could reach.

His performances could now be rewarded with a player of the year accolade, but only time will tell.



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