James Forrest Is Writing His Own Piece Of Celtic History

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Almost all of the headlines coming from Celtic in the last ten days or so have centred around comeback king James Forrest.

And rightly so.

For someone who failed to play one minute of first team football between the 23rd of December and the 10th of March, the turnaround in his fortunes has been nothing short of incredible.

The debate will go on about whether his recent inclusion has been by luck or by design but in truth it’s probably a combination of the two.

Celtic aren’t lacking in wingers, but what they are lacking are wingers who perform consistently well and that’s the first reason for the re-introduction of 32 year old Forrest.

We’ve seen in flashes what new recruits Luis Palma, Yang and Nicholas Khun are all capable of but so far neither have been able to produce on a regular basis in green and white.

In addition, the loss of Jota in summer and Liel Abada more recently, as well as injury issues for Daizen Maeda has dramatically reduced the wide options at Brendan Rodgers’ disposal this season.

Enter Celtic’s third most decorated player!

Incredibly, with 22 trophies to his name – a record he shares with ex-skipper Scott Brown – Forrest is behind just Billy McNeill and Bobby Lennox when it comes to picking up silverware across our 136 year history.

He’s a player who’s seen and done it all in 14 seasons in Celtic’s first team squad and a player that Rodgers knows he can trust.

Put simply his two goals against Dundee are the reason Celtic remain three points clear at the top of the table, with his first goal in particular showing his exceptional technical ability.

Forrest Celebrates With His Team-Mates At Dens Park
Forrest Celebrates With His Team-Mates At Dens Park

Ability aside however, his physical condition also highlights a player who’s clearly maintained a high level of professionalism despite his lack of recent playing time.

Forrest is a man ready to respond whenever called upon, and by the looks of it that call has come at this most pivotal time in the season.

With just four league games remaining Celtic’s No.49 now looks key to the title charge and with three goals in two games he has once again stepped up when his side needed him most.

Should Celtic go on to claim a league and cup double in the weeks ahead he’ll leapfrog Billy McNeill into second place in the Hoops honours list.

And though that would be a phenomenal achievement for a player who may well have a season or two left in the tank, the only focus right now for him and his manager will be Hearts on Saturday.

If we can claim all three points there then maybe, just maybe, we can start to look at re-writing the history books.

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