With Ange Postecoglou’s Celtic side heading into Sunday’s Scottish Premiership clash very much on a high after an exceptional performance in the Europa League on Thursday evening, the 56-year-old Bhoys boss will undoubtedly be hoping for yet another positive result and display when the Hoops visit Dundee this weekend.
And, in more positive news for Celtic, James Forrest appears to be nearing a return to full fitness after getting another 20 minutes of first-team football under his belt in the 3-2 win over Ferencvarosi TC, having made his first appearance since August in the 0-0 draw with Livingston last weekend.
The return of the winger, who has been sidelined as a result of an unspecified injury, will certainly come as a major boost to Postecoglou, as the 30-year-old has proven to be one of the Bhoys’ most creative and attacking outlets in recent seasons.
Indeed, over his 58 appearances in all competitions back in 2017/18, the £5.4m-rated forward scored 17 goals and registered ten assists, before bagging 18 goals and providing 20 assists over 56 appearances in 2018/19, and scoring 16 times and registering 22 assists over 47 games in 2019/20.
And, with both Jota – four goals and five assists over 13 appearances – and Kyogo Furuhashi – 11 goals and three assists over 17 fixtures – already well and truly firing in the Celtic front three, the further addition of Forrest to the 56-year-old manager’s attacking lineup would appear to bode extremely well for the Hoops’ chances of going on to reclaim their Scottish Premiership crown come the end of the season.
As such, in order to get the £15k-per-week Forrest back up to speed as quickly as possible, it would appear highly advisable for Postecoglou to unleash the player who Neil Lennon dubbed “priceless” from the off against Dundee, as the Premiership strugglers could act as the perfect foil to help reestablish Forrest as a regular in the Celtic first-team – something that is surely a terrifying prospect for the rest of the division.