Celtic’s game against Livingston on Saturday may be the very definition of “run of the mill” for most, but for James Forrest it is a match that holds a special appeal.

That’s because the Celtic winger will get the chance to face up against his younger brother Alan at Parkhead – for the very first time.

Celtic’s winger spoke to Celtic TV after netting a header in the win over St. Mirren, as he soon turned attention to the battle with his sibling.

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“It’s obviously the first time he’s played in the SPL,” Forrest said.

Forrest is congratulated by his team-mates

Forrest is congratulated by his team-mates / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“When that fixture came out we were obviously hoping to get fans back in it so the family could go.

“It’s a good occasion and hopefully I can get on top.

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“The family will just hope we both do well and hopefully Celtic get the win anyway.”

Forrest Derby will be special day for Prestwick

The duo both hail from Prestwick, the same town as this writer, and it will be a positive day for all concerned as they finally go head-to-head in a top-flight match.


Few will know this, but Alan used to play his football for Celtic – working his way through the various age groups from a young age before making the move to Ayr United.

He spent around seven years at Somerset Park before finally making the step up to Livingston – where he’s already registered his first Premiership goal.

Gary Holt is clearly a fan of Forrest

Gary Holt is clearly a fan of Forrest / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

The younger Forrest has started all but one of Livi’s games this season, and his role on the left means he should share a wing with his brother.

When the pair played at the same time, his parents would often split their duties, with one going to watch Alan and the other James.

A chance to unite and watch the pair on the same pitch would have been a welcome opportunity I’m sure.

I guess they’ll just have to settle for Sportscene.

In other news, Pat Bonner has questioned the new 3-5-2 system deployed by Celtic in recent matches

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