League leaders Celtic are back in Scottish Premiership action away to Hibernian at Easter Road this evening, with the Parkhead outfit having looked back to their best in the crushing, 4-1 victory over St Johnstone on Christmas Eve.
Just days after a somewhat mediocre display in the narrow win over Livingston – which sparked criticism from manager Ange Postecoglou post-match – the Scottish champions came flying out of the traps last time out, surging into a two-goal lead inside 17 minutes courtesy of Kyogo Furuhashi and Reo Hatate.
That pairing then netted again either side of the break to wrap up the win early in the second half, with a late strike from Drey Wright proving nothing more than a mere consolation as the hosts powered on to victory at Paradise.
That thumping win saw long-serving ace James Forrest put in yet another impressive display from the flanks, with the 31-year-old having returned to the starting lineup for the first time in the league since the end of October.
The Scotland international – who had registered an assist off the bench against Aberdeen last week – served to add to his tally after teeing up Kyogo before the interval, with the pacy wide man having been played in behind following a delightful dinked pass from Aaron Mooy.
The £19k-per-week ace – who has previously been dubbed “priceless” by former boss Neil Lennon – also caught the eye as a result of his all-round performance, having registered two key passes from his 44 touches, while also enjoying an impressive 90% pass accuracy rate.
That impact also saw the diminutive speedster lauded as a ‘constant attacking threat‘ by Glasgow Live’s Ryan Thorn, with Forrest seemingly having warranted his inclusion in the side for the trip to Edinburgh.
The “special” asset – as previously described by teammate Callum McGregor – will likely be hoping to terrorise Hibs once again, having netted a clinical treble when the two sides met earlier this season at Celtic Park.
That hat trick came in what was a brutal 6-1 drubbing for the Bhoys, with the 38-cap ace bringing up a century of goals for the club in the process to make an already enjoyable outing all the sweeter.
Such an impact has also ensured that the forward’s overall career tally against today’s opponents stands at seven goals and four assists in 24 meetings in all competitions, with the hope being that he is given the opportunity to bolster that record tonight.