Out of form James Forrest turned in another sub-pay performance during Scotland’s humiliating defeat to Kazakhstan.
The Celtic winger, who hasn’t hit the heights of his form from earlier in the season, was completely ineffective for his country.
Craving some form of inspiration, Scotland tried to call upon Forrest.
However, the Celtic man is badly out of form, and questions need to be asked about his role in the team.
In fairness to Forrest, he had enjoyed a terrific first half of the season. He was Celtic’s main man alongside Tom Rogic as Celtic kick-started their season in the autumn.
However since the restart after the winter break, Forrest has turned in a string of sub-par performances.
Although he set up the late winner in Dundee last week, the winger’s form is a cause of concern for Celtic fans.
His goal against Hearts, completing a stunning, sweeping counter attack, hasn’t masked his out of form showings since January.
Forrest has always been a player who divides fans. On his day, it can’t be denied he is a seriously important player for Celtic.
However, like his showing in Astana, Forrest has a knack of hiding for spells, happy to be marked out of the game.
With Timothy Weah and Oliver Burke breathing down his neck, Forrest may find his place in the Celtic team under threat.
Neil Lennon can’t have been encouraged from what he witnessed from his winger on international duty.
Furthermore, with the big derby against Rangers coming up, Lennon needs all of his major attacking weapons firing.
Celtic need to get Forrest firing again
Celtic’s chances of securing a treble treble will be under threat if Forrest continues to under perform.
He is one of the Bhoys’s most potent attacking threats when on form. On his current form, Forrest is largely ineffective and could benefit from a spell on the bench.
We all know the capabilities of Forrest on his day, his form kept Paddy Roberts out of the Celtic side for an entire year.
If The Hoops get that Forrest back, the Scottish defences are in trouble.