Celtic’s James Forrest has confirmed what some fans of the Hoops will have noticed about some recent performances. That is – that the team were struggling after a long December, and were in need of the winter break.

Celtic played nine games in December, and although the Hoops won seven of those, the performances weren’t always great. The schedule seemed to catch-up with the team on the last game in December, the Glasgow derby against Rangers. The team performed poorly in the 2-1 defeat.

Now Forrest has had his say on the performances.

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“We had a really good pre-season, and we have done really well this season” he said, as quoted by the Scotsman.

“Needed a break”

Celtic winger James Forrest in action v Rangers

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“But I think in the last couple of weeks in December the team was looking like it needed this break. We will have a good week training out here and then another week back home before we start playing again. So I think the break will be good for the squad both physically and mentally.”


Forrest is a player who could do with the break. He has had a good season for the Hoops, as he usually does. However, he wasn’t great in the loss to Rangers. That could just be one of those things though. Perhaps the number of games played caught up with him. That can happen to any player.

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First-half of season went well for most part

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For the most part Celtic played very well in the first-half of the season, you can’t really complain with finishing top of the Europa League group and winning the Betfred Cup. However, the performance against Rangers was a bit alarming, as it was so poor.

Hopefully the Hoops come back reinvigorated after the winter break. It could do the team good to work on a few things in Dubai, then return to action ready to win nine in a row.


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