SIMON DONNELLY believes that James Forrest still has his part to play in the Celtic team, despite the lack of game time Forrest has received so far this season.

Even when Ange Postecoglou had rotated the team for the match against St Mirren, Forrest had to watch on from the bench while Abada and Maeda started on the wings.

Forrest has only played 38 minutes for the Hoops this season in the league, coming off the bench against Dundee United and Kilmarnock.

As quoted by the Herald, the former Celtic midfielder insists that James Forrest still has a role to play at Celtic.

“He still has a part to play. He has his work cut out trying to get in the team with the guys around him.

“He is no spring chicken anymore. But, he has still shown he has the quality. He wouldn’t be here otherwise.

“If I am a young boy then I would be picking the brain of James and Harry Kewell.

“It is an invaluable experience watching how these guys go about their business and training with them.

“When I was coming through it was great to be around guys like Paul McStay and John Collins.

“I’m sure the young boys will be doing exactly the same with James.

“James has shown time and time again he is a big time player and he will feature at different times.”

To many in the academy at Celtic, the winger will be an inspiration to them. After all, he was once in their position and is now on track to become Celtic’s most decorated player. He’s two goals and one assist away from getting 100, some achievement for any player.

The 31-year-old has spent fourteen seasons at Celtic and is set to stay for a few more, with his contract ending in 2025.


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