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Celtic: Postecoglou must unleash James Forrest tonight

Celtic are on the road again tonight as the Hoops take on Dundee United at Tannadice to try and finally clinch the Premiership title.

Their previous outing saw Ange Postecoglou’s side overcome an early scare by beating Hearts 4-1 at Parkhead.

With just three minutes on the clock, Hearts striker Ellis Simms fired past Hoops goalkeeper Joe Hart to give the away side an early lead.

Much to the delight of Postecoglou and the home supporters, the Bhoys not only equalised but took the lead by half-time thanks to goals from Kyogo Furuhashi and Daizen Maeda.

Second-half strikes from Matt O’Riley and Giorgos Giakoumakis sealed the victory for Celtic and set them up nicely for tonight’s showdown.

On the chalkboard

One player who should be in the Celtic starting XI to take on Dundee United but didn’t start against Hearts is winger Forrest.

After replacing Jota on Saturday after 81 minutes, the Scotland winger certainly made the most of his short cameo. With just 10 touches of the ball, the winger set up Giakoumakis’ late goal and even managed to have one shot on target himself.

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This display earned the 30-year-old a solid overall match rating of 7.2/10 from SofaScore, which is a higher rating than Maeda posted.

Speaking of the Japanese winger, after he recently spoke about how much he’s looking forward to having a rest after playing such a hefty amount of football over the past 18 months, this could sway Postecoglou into taking him out of the team on this occasion and finally unleashing Forrest.

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Having only made two substitute appearances since early March, now could be the ideal time for the 56-year-old to put the winger back in the starting XI.

The attacker was previously described by former Celtic interim manager John Kennedy as being “frustrated” with missing chances. Given his lack of regular game-time in recent weeks, there’s every chance he could be frustrated by that as well.

Taking into account how Dundee United have only been able to keep one clean sheet in their past 10 league games, there’s every chance that Forrest can be a real attacking threat against a team with such a weak defence, potentially firing his side to the title.

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