The Forrest, Turnbull and Kyogo fitness situation ahead of St Mirren vs Celtic

By John McGinley

December 20, 2021

James Forrest trained for Celtic on Saturday but didn’t come through the session with an all-clear to play against Hibernian on Sunday.

Alongside David Turnbull, who limped off in tears during the League Cup Final, Forrest is a doubt to feature away to St Mirren on Wednesday night.

You could also say that of Kyogo Furuhashi with both Ange Postecoglou and the Japanese forward admitting after the game that he was not 100% fit heading into the final.

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Kyogo managed to get through 83 minutes of the final but you can easily see that taking its toll. It may be preferable to keep him under wraps for the match away to St Johnstone at the weekend.

Speaking to BBC Radio Scotland before yesterday’s game, Postecoglou said of Forrest: “It’s disappointing for him. He’s another one who tried hard but couldn’t get through training yesterday. There are plenty of games left and plenty of opportunities for James to make a contribution.”

Meanwhile, after the game, Postecoglou said of Turnbull’s situation to The Daily Record: “David suffered from the number of games we are playing at the moment. We are suffering because of that. We have not been able to rotate the squad a lot and that is hurting us at the moment, picking up these injuries. We will just see how he is.”

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The Bhoys boss was bullish about Kyogo’s fitness ahead of the final, declaring him “ready to go” live on radio, as he would. But after the match it became clear his desire to start outweighed his readiness.

It could well be another makeshift frontline in Paisley but as we’ve seen in recent weeks, it can often be as much about the system as personnel for Celtic.

Tom Rogic is at least fit, while youngster Owen Moffat is now training regularly with the first team and appearing off the bench.

There’ll likely be a more in-depth update from the manager tomorrow in a pre-match press conference.

In other news, What Callum McGregor told the Celtic dressing room at Hampden; fiery siege mentality on display.

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