Some Celtic fans seem to have found their new favourite son – in the shape of James Forrest.
The 28-year-old rose to the occasion for the Hoops once again on Wednesday night. Forrest netted the all important away goal at a crucial time as Neil Lennon’s men drew 1-1 in Romania against Cluj.
The strike was his first since April, but followed other crucial goals against Aberdeen, Hibernian and Rangers since Lennon re-took the Celtic hotseat. Forrest has certainly found his groove in the big games in recent seasons and it’s a joy to see.
And his form, coinciding with the departure of Kieran Tierney to Arsenal, gave some Celtic fans some food for thought.
Everyone greetin about Tierney leaving, James Forrest isnt going anywhere so who cares? Proper Celtic legend! Love to see the bhoy doing well after probably the worst backing from Celtic fans of any player ive ever seen, disgrace the comments ive heard on him over the years 1/2
— Muddy (@MUDDYBHOY) August 8, 2019
James Forrest doesn’t get the credit he deserves. God bless a true Celtic man💚
— Jordan Tracey (@JordanTracey17) August 7, 2019
James Forrest will be remembered the fondest out of the current squad.
— 🇮🇪 (@fatwolverine67) August 8, 2019
Looking forward to packing out Celtic Park for James Forrest testimonial. We might even have a song for him by then.
— 🍀Big Kev 🍀 (@officialkappa99) August 7, 2019
Great result tonight. James Forrest. A true Celtic man.
— Celtic Family (@CelticFamily67) August 7, 2019
James Forrest plays for Celtic for 10 years, scoring important goals and has no intention of leaving. There is your Celtic man. Time fans treated him like it.
— NEILJUNG67 (@NEILJUNGERS67) August 7, 2019
Is Forrest finally getting appreciation from Celtic fans?
The winger has long been underappreciated by sections of the Celtic support. It probably stems back to his early days at the club when he seemed to spend more time pulling his socks up than actually playing football.
Nowadays, however, it’s a totally different story with Forrest. His goal in Romania was his 73rd for the club. He should join the century club by the end of next season if he keeps up his recent exploits. He’s played over 350 games for Celtic and has scored at least one goal in each of our last 11 seasons.
The debate on whether Tierney is a true Celtic legend or not is one that will be had up and down the country over the next few days. But one thing’s for sure – Forrest can definitely be considered a club icon for his service over the past decade.
Whether we’ll see that testimonial or not is another issue.