Sky Sports journalist Anthony Joseph has been sharing his thoughts on Celtic winger James Forrest and his current season with the Bhoys.
This comes after Joseph recently made a guest appearance on The Celtic Exchange Podcast where he spoke about a number of subjects concerning the Parkhead club.
He said: “He is such an important player for Celtic. I mean, just in his last two seasons, he has scored or assisted 38 goals in each of those seasons. I mean, Celtic have only scored just over 60 goals in the Premiership this season.
“If he’s being involved in near 40 goals each season, that just shows you how much of a loss James Forrest is and he gets a hard time from a lot of fans as well and I think that’s part of the nature of being a winger where you try stuff and because you’re out on the wing, you’d either get tackled or the ball goes out.
“So they can be frustrating players at times, but he delivers time and time again, James Forrest, so he’s a crucial player to have back and let’s hope he gets properly fit, does well in the Euros and Celtic get the player they had previously back for next season because he will be a key player as well in terms of getting the title back.”
As a product of Celtic’s youth academy, Forrest made his senior debut for the club back in 2010. Since then, the 29-year-old, who is currently valued at £5.4 million, has made a total of 406 appearances for Celtic in which he has managed to score 91 goals and provide 93 assists along the way (per Transfermarkt).
TIF Thoughts on Anthony Joseph’s comments on Forrest…
Given how Forrest has managed to score two goals and provide one assist in just eight SPFL appearances so far this season and earn himself a decent season rating of 7.01/10 for his performances (as per WhoScored) shows that he has been a useful player for the club when called upon – with the squad’s average rating currently standing at 6.92.
Are you pleased to see Forrest back in action for Celtic?
Now that he has recovered from the ankle injury that kept him out of action since September, everyone at Celtic will undoubtedly be hoping that he can regain his full fitness and go back to being as effective in front of goal as he was before sustaining the injury.