James Forrest insists players can learn from the latest impressive arrival at Lennoxtown

By Lewis Laird

June 29, 2022

Celtic winger James Forrest believes that players within Ange Postecoglou’s squad will learn a lot from new first-team coach Harry Kewell.

The former Crawley Town and Notts County manager recently joined Postecoglou’s backroom staff at Celtic, working alongside John Kennedy and Gavin Strachan.

Despite a disappointing start to his managerial career, the Socceroo has received big praise from former players and assistants for his coaching ability.

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Of course, before stepping into the dugout, Kewell had a successful playing career, which spanned between England, Australia and Turkey.

During his six years at European giants Liverpool, the 43-year-old lifted the Champions League in the famous 2005 final against AC Milan.

Speaking in an interview about the Hoops’ long-awaited return to pre-season, experienced winger James Forrest opened up on his early impressions of his new coach.

The Scotland internationalist insisted that there is plenty the wingers at the club can learn from Kewell after a successful career at the highest level.

He said [Celtic TV]: “Obviously, it’s still early, but when I was growing up, everyone knows who he is. He’s a big name, and he has had a really good career.

“So, I think for myself and all the wingers, young players or anyone in the team really, I think they will be really looking forward to working with him and obviously, it’s still early days.

“But it’s one that you’re looking forward to, and see if you can learn anything off him.”

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Players young and old will be able to learn from working under Kewell.

Learning from a coach with the experience of Kewell won’t only be beneficial to the young players at the club, but also older players such as Forrest.

With the Bhoys set to make a return to the Champions League group stage for the first time since 2017, who better to turn to for advice than a winner of the competition?

Kewell has only just started to get to work at Celtic, and it will likely be a hugely important five weeks during pre-season, where the former Liverpool man can help Postecgolou takes this side to a whole new level.

Having spent his playing days as a winger, you can’t help but feel those most likely to learn are the ones playing in that exact position.

And currently, Celtic have a number of exciting talents in that area of the pitch.

In other news. Inside Celtic training: Ange observes youngsters, Ajeti joins the fray, Strachan’s big message.