Celtic hero set for ideal opportunity as he looks to achieve another century landmark

By Lewis Laird

October 19, 2022

Celtic winger James Forrest looks set for the opportunity to build upon his hat trick performance at the weekend against Motherwell this evening.

The 31-year-old has found opportunities under Ange Postecoglou hard to come by, having suffered from his fair share of injury issues and with several quality options ahead of him.

However, after some positive displays off the bench, the Celtic academy graduate was handed the opportunity to show his worth against Hibernian.

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And the veteran winger certainly did not disappoint, producing a man-of-the-match performance and taking home the match ball after scoring a hat-trick in the Hoops’ 6-1 victory.

His trio of strikes also took Forrest to 100 goals for the club, and it ended up being the perfect afternoon for the long-serving winger.

Following on from his performance at the weekend, it seems very likely that Celtic’s number 49 will keep his place in the starting 11.

And the winger has the ideal opportunity to kick on from here by producing another good display as part of the Celtic front three at Fir Park this evening.

With some huge games on the horizon, including a trip to Tynecastle on Saturday before our final home match in the UEFA Champions League versus Shakhtar Donetsk, Forrest has the opportunity to prove why he deserves more regular starts.

The winger may be competing with some quality options in wide areas, but by producing in front of goal again tonight, he will certainly be giving Ange Postecoglou something to think about.

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Forrest has the chance to achieve another incredible Celtic landmark tonight.

At the weekend, Forrest became one of just 30 players to have scored a century of goals for the club as he joined an illustrious list of ex-Celtic men.

Tonight, he has another chance to join an extremely exclusive Celtic Centurian list as he targets his next landmark at the club.

Should Forrest provide an assist for one goal this evening, that would take his Hoops tally to 100 goals and 100 assists in around 450 outings as a Celtic player.

That is an incredible feat, and if the winner hadn’t already gone down in the Parkhead history books, he certainly would have now.

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Come 5:15 PM when the starting 11 for tonight’s game is announced, it is highly anticipated that we will Forrest keep his spot in the side.

As he has contributed to on so many occasions in the past, the winger now has another opportunity to help fire a Celtic side to Hampden Park and a League Cup semi-final place.

Not only that, but Forrest will be hoping that he can put in another strong showing for the fourth game running to show Postecoglou why it is his spot in the side to lose for the coming weeks.

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