James Forrest closing in on remarkable double-milestone with Celtic

By Euan Davidson

August 13, 2021

Celtic winger James Forrest on the cusp of achieving something utterly remarkable.

After his goalscoring exploits last night, Forrest has reminded supporters of his importance to the Bhoys’ attack. Missing for the majority of last season, his finishing, dribbling and creativity were sorely lacking in 20-21.

Fortunately, he doesn’t seem to have missed a step. And now he’s close to securing a century of goals and assists in the Green and White.

In 417 competitive appearances for Celtic, Forrest has scored 95 and assisted 95 [Transfermarkt]; numbers that really are incredible. You’d expect, then, that the lifelong Bhoys supporter will desperate to hit a ton on each as soon as he possibly can.

Certainly, you wouldn’t expect him to take too long, either. So far this season, Forrest has made 5 competitive appearances, scoring twice and setting up a further two.

It’s feasible, then, that by the time Christmas rolls around, Forrest will have reached two ridiculous milestones, provided he stays fit. It’s no less than he deserves either; few Celtic supporters would take issue with Forrest’s work-rate or commitment over the years.

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Being used in a less familiar left-wing role this season hasn’t blunted Forrest’s edge, either. That bodes well for the 21-22 campaign in its totality.

Celtic star James Forrest; is he finally getting his dues after years of service?

While James Forrest is a popular Celtic player, it would be fair to say he’s not always had the smoothest time of it. When Patrick Roberts came in to provide competition, there were calls to sign the Englishman up permanently.

Equally, Celtic have utilised a midfield five, or a narrow diamond on occasions in recent seasons, which could’ve threatened Forrest’s place in the first-team going forward.

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However, he’s proven time and again that when he’s available, he’s a must-pick. Even off the bench, he’s a more than willing contributor, as the Dundee game showed [FotMob]. His excellent work to set up Anthony Ralston for a second goal in as many games only amplified his important to the Bhoys.

Maybe this’ll be the season that James Forrest gets his own, regularly belted song from the Paradise crowd. Or, at least, there’ll be fewer debates about his ability. Because the numbers say he regularly does the business, while his constant running and getting into good positions passes the eye test.

With the winger just turning 30, we need to appreciate him while he’s still at his best. A true one-club man, Forrest is close to achieving something truly special.

And it doesn’t look like it’ll take long, either.

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