The Celtic star who's seen 8 rival managers come and go

By Euan Davidson

November 11, 2021

Make that 8; after today’s news from Ibrox, Celtic now have a player who’s outlasted 8 Rangers managers, if you include caretakers.

James Forrest made his Celtic debut in May 2010. Now, assuming we’re not including Old Rangers here, and going from 2012 onwards, Forrest has seen off an eye-watering number of managers at Ibrox, making 422 appearances in all competitions for the Bhoys [Transfermarkt].

If we’re talking post-2012 only, Forrest has seen Ally McCoist, Kenny McDowall, Stuart McCall, Mark Warburton, Graeme Murty, Pedro Caixinha, Graeme Murty (again), Jimmy Nicholl and Steven Gerrard in our rivals’ dugout [Soccerbase].

An impressive list of names, we’re sure you’ll agree.

Forrest, an Academy graduate and Scotland international, represents the steady sailing at Celtic since the early 2010s. He’s been coached by Neil Lennon twice, Ronny Deila, Brendan Rodgers, John Kennedy and now Ange Postecoglou. All of whom, apart from Kennedy as caretaker, won silverware.

Since 2012, Forrest has won 5 Scottish Cups, 5 League Cups and 8 Scottish Premiership titles. That’s a sizeable haul, and make no mistake. At 30, there’s a strong chance he could have played against at least 10 Rangers managers by the time he hangs up his boots.

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The point of this? Well, it’s a cheap dig. But more seriously, Forrest represents sturdiness and planning. He’ll have a front-row seat of how Celtic take advantage of the turmoil south of the Clyde once again.

James Forrest is used to seeing Rangers managers depart, time for Celtic to take advantage

If Celtic are to really make good on an opportunity created by our rivals, Forrest will surely be important.

Jota, Abada and Kyogo may be the current preferred front three, but Forrest, at least as a rotational piece, is a considerable asset.

He’s proven that in Glasgow Derbies, and could be important on the 2nd of January. But before then, Celtic have a considerable run of fixtures to navigate, that could have a big say on the destination of the title.

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`Well-liked by Ange Postecoglou, the Prestwick-born forward still has plenty to give after an injury-ravaged year and a half.

With Anton McElhone in the building, we ought to expect Forrest’s injury woes to be behind him. Because whether Gerrard is in the Rangers dugout doesn’t change Celtic’s objective any.

Forrest has had a colourful, trophy-laden time at Celtic. He’s seen huge, seismic changes in Scottish football during a one-club career.

Perhaps this is the latest. But the objective doesn’t change; Celtic need to win matches. James Forrest will surely have a say in doing that.

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