James Forrest opens up on "quite dramatic" first Ibrox experience

By Hamish Carton

March 11, 2020

Celtic winger James Forrest says the feeling during his first trip to Ibrox as a Hoops player was “quite dramatic.”

The long-time servant is well accustomed to visits to Govan nowadays, but his first trip back in early 2011 did catch him a little by surprise.

Forrest was an unlikely starter on the day now referred to as “Sammy Sunday” as the Hoops earned a surprising 2-0 New Year’s win through two Georgios Samaras goals.

Samaras was the hero at Ibrox (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

And it’s a day Forrest remembers well.

“When we’re on the bus, we get a police escort to the stadium,” the winger told this week’s Celtic View. (Volume 55, issue 33, page 14)

“I remember the first time I played at Ibrox, almost 10 years ago, and that feeling was quite dramatic.

“It’s just part of the day now.

“There are obviously fewer Celtic fans in Ibrox now, but they made a lot of noise during our last visit there, and we’re hoping to give them plenty to cheer about again this Sunday.”

The Celtic fans will be in the corner at Ibrox (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Forrest is yet to score at Ibrox

Having players like Forrest who have won, lost and drawn at Ibrox can only be a real positive as we head into this crucial fixture.

Guys like Scott Brown, Callum McGregor and Fraser Forster won’t be fazed in the slightest by the hostile atmosphere.

In fact, they’re likely to raise their game much like they did in our terrific September win.

It would be great if Forrest could do the same. The winger was perhaps our only poor performer that day in September, while his performance in the reverse Celtic Park fixture left a lot to be desired too.

Forrest has been quiet against Rangers this season (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

For all of his brilliant goals and assists this season, Forrest’s failure to turn up in physical games is a criticism that he must address.

The winger has netted two brilliant goals against Rangers over the past couple of seasons but they’ve both come at Celtic Park.

If he could do it in front of a hostile Gers support then he may get the full Hoops fanbase back on his side.

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