Former Celtic defender, and radio pundit, Mark Wilson has made an intriguing claim about James Forrest.
Wilson, who recently became manager of League Two Brechin City, reckons that the Hoops and Scotland winger isn’t fully fit. Forrest played 66 minutes of Sunday’s victory over Rangers before making way for the impressive Olivier Ntcham.
And as Scotland prepare to host Russia in Euro 2020 qualifying on Friday evening, Wilson has explored the possibility of Forrest not starting.
“I wonder if maybe a Snodgrass could play ahead of maybe James Forrest,” he told Clyde Superscoreboard. (5/9/2019)
“Listen, he’s been terrific.
“You see him on Sunday and he was stretching continually and was hardly involved. I wonder if it’s carried on that injury. I wonder if he’s fully fit.”
Celtic fans will hope Wilson is wrong about Forrest
Wilson’s comments will be a little troubling to Celtic fans. The winger has been one of our standout performers since the start of the season and any injury could hurt the team badly.
Forrest has only missed one Celtic game so far this season – and that was the dead rubber victory over Nomme Kalju in Estonia. The need to play him in pretty much every match has been increased by the lack of adequate cover we have if he is missing.
Marian Shved is an obvious candidate to take his right-wing berth. However, the Ukrainian has struggled to make an impression in recent months with Neil Lennon issuing him a rallying call recently.
Celtic fans will just be hoping that Forrest plays for Scotland on Friday night, and comes through the game unscathed.