John Hartson is excited about the "almost forgotten" Celtic player set to be used by Ange

By John McGinley

November 12, 2021

Everyone is excitedly talking about the Celtic front three of Kyogo, Jota and Liel Abada, but John Hartson has also been giving thought to their potential replacements.

The trio has terrorised defences in Scotland and the Europa League this season, giving Celtic fans hope of a bright future ahead under Ange Postecoglou.

Yet, it’s unlikely they’ll play together in every match and the manager needs options to refresh the front three from time to time.

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And Hartson thinks there are adequate alternates waiting in the wings, including the returning-from-injury James Forrest.

Speaking to The Scottish Sun, he said: “Last week in Budapest they were able to change the front three — bringing in Mikey Johnston and James Forrest, who will be like a new signing for us.

“James has almost become the forgotten man. You talk about Scotland, he’s been outstanding for them with the hat-trick over Israel a couple of seasons ago.

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“Because he has been out of the team, you are not exactly forgotten, but it’s almost like he has got to come back and has to do it all again because he has been out for so long.

“And we were also able to bring on Giorgos Giakoumakis, who is still trying to get into his stride at Celtic, for me. But I’m not going to comment too much because it is still too early to judge him.”

Forrest, who reached double figures for goals in three successive seasons prior to his injury problems, will certainly give the manager a viable option in place of Abada.

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The Israeli winger is still young. With that comes inconsistency, alongside his explosive energy. Having Forrest ready to come in could be crucial over the next couple of months.

His experience and ability to break down teams in Scotland is a huge benefit to this squad.

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