It has been confirmed by Ange Postecoglou that Celtic winger James Forrest will be out of action until after the international break [The Scotsman]. 

The Hoops have three more games to go until domestic football is paused until April as they take on Hearts in back-to-back matches in the coming days and Hibs next weekend.

Forrest has been very effective against both Edinburgh sides this season having scored four goals in three appearances against Hearts and Hibs which included a terrific hat-trick back in October to reach the feat of 100 goals for the club.

He has made 20 appearances for the club this season but was surprisingly not named on the bench to take on Rangers at Hampden in the final of the Viaplay Cup.

James Forrest
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This latest injury means that his chances of being included in Steve Clarke’s Scotland squad to take on Cyprus and Spain has been scuppered.

“James Forrest got a bit of a muscle strain in training so he is going to be out for a little while, which is unfortunate for him. He will miss the next period of games, probably beyond the international break,” said Ange Postecoglou as quoted by The Scotsman.

Although he hasn’t started a lot of games for the side this season, Postecoglou has spoken about the 31-year-old in glowing terms having stated that he was a club legend after reaching the milestone of 100 goals.

He last appeared for the Hoops off the bench in their 4-0 victory over Aberdeen a couple of weeks ago and will hope to be back fit for the last remaining games of the season.


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