John Kennedy has claimed that both James Forrest and Mikey Johnston should be ready for Ibrox after recent injury problems.
The Celtic interim boss had to make do with both wingers for Sunday’s 2-0 Scottish Cup defeat in Govan on Sunday. Ironically, a major part of our failure to get at Rangers was due to our lack of width.
Celtic have looked much improved with Forrest back in the team in recent weeks. He’s bagged two goals against Falkirk and Livingston in both of his previous two matches. Johnston, meanwhile, will be looking for his first return appearance since February when he returns from a recent knock.
And whilst Kennedy has confirmed that both will miss out tomorrow night’s clash against Aberdeen at Pittodrie, the pair will be back in time for the trip to Ibrox in just under a fortnight:
🗣️ JK: "Out with that, James Forrest will still be missing for this midweek, but will hopefully be fine afterwards. The same with Mikey Johnston.”#ABECEL
— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) April 20, 2021
Celtic could have more attacking tools at their disposal next weekend
One of the major reasons we lost at Ibrox was because we played a diamond shape with wing-backs who didn’t want to overlap. This often caused all of our attacks to be narrowed and it suited Rangers to a tee.
Granted, even then we managed to cut them open on more than one occasion. How we didn’t leave Govan with at least three goals to our name at the weekend is anybody’s guess. But we didn’t, and that’s just the way of it.
Of course, having Forrest and Johnston back in the mix is a major boost. It will allow us to vary our attacks should we wish to do so when we visit our rivals for the last time this season.
Then again, it remains to be seen how sharp both men are – Johnston especially. He’s produced in the Glasgow Derby before, but it could take him some time to get up to speed. Considering we only have four games left right enough, he doesn’t have much time to make an impact.
But we’ll see what happens. Kennedy would’ve loved to have had both available for the defeat on Sunday. Forrest especially. He’ll be straight back into the team the first chance the interim boss gets.
Hopefully, this allows us to finally get one over on our rivals to finish the season.