Neil Lennon has provided a fresh Celtic injury update with the spotlight firmly on winger James Forrest.
The Hoops will face off against St Mirren in Paisley tomorrow as they hunt for their third consecutive victory. In addition to that, revenge will be on their mind too after the Buddies’ 2-1 win in Glasgow less than a fortnight ago.
The highlight of today’s injury news was the fact that Forrest is now back in first-team training. Tomorrow’s game will come too soon for him, but after last being seen in September, it looks like he’s close to playing a part in the run-in.
In addition to that, Lennon provided updates on Ismaila Soro, Shane Duffy, and Ryan Christie as he outlined the current state of play regarding injuries.
As quoted by Glasgow Live, Lennon said: “Soro had a prang in his car this morning due to the adverse weather conditions. He looks OK. So we are just checking on him, making sure he is alright. He missed a large part of the session.
“Apart from that James Forrest is back in training but obviously tomorrow night is too soon for him. So that’s a welcome boost to the squad.
“Shane Duffy had a bit of a bug in the last couple of days but trained today so he should be available for selection. Ryan Christie is fit and back in the squad as well.”
Celtic injury update leaves us with some mixed news
As welcome as Forrest’s return to first-team training is, there’s still some regret from this Lennon update.
That mainly comes in the form of Soro’s issue. Judging by Lennon’s comments, his car crash isn’t anything too serious and he should be available for the weekend if not for tomorrow’s game. Even so, a crash is never pleasant, especially for someone still adapting to Scotland.
It looks as though Scott Brown could therefore keep his place tomorrow night against Goodwin’s side. That’s not something that will go down too well with many. However, if Soro needs some time to get himself back into the right frame of mine, he must be given it.
As for Forrest, hopefully, he can make his return to action in Sunday’s trip to St Johnstone. Celtic need a natural right-winger back in their match-day squads once again. It’s been too long since we’ve had a natural option there.
Shane Duffy and Ryan Christie’s fitness boosts are of course also positives. As much as the former has struggled this season, we really don’t need to be depleted any further at centre-back.
Christie remains a high-quality option in the final third also. However, whether he should be starting games due to his poor form is a matter of debate.
But by far the biggest highlight is Forrest’s return to training. This is promising news, and we’ll all now be hoping he makes his matchday return sooner rather than later.