This has been a disastrous season for Celtic and, when the Bhoys face their fiercest rivals this weekend, it will be a match with little riding on it.
It’s not often you can say that about an Old Firm derby but the Hoops have been so abject that the title never stood a chance of coming back to Parkhead
Celtic could finally put a stop to their competitors’ unbeaten campaign but that feels like an uphill task when you consider what happened in the fourth round of the Scottish Cup.
John Kennedy’s men were made to bemoan a set of catastrophic defensive mistakes as they lost 2-0 to Rangers and were knocked out.
However, the Green Brigade will surely have a better chance of celebrating a win this team after they were handed a positive injury boost on Friday afternoon.
James Forrest has been missing for a few weeks now with an injury and failed a late fitness test to face Rangers last time out.
However, he is completely fit this time, with the winger now back in training. Speaking in his pre-match press conference, interim boss Kennedy said: “James has trained all week. He’s been good. Mikey’s trained this week so we’ve got a better squad in terms of options going into the game.”
This will represent a massive boost to Celtic’s chances and, despite Rangers’ dominance in 2020/21, it should leave Steven Gerrard a tad wary.
Forrest has been described as a “big game player” by Frank McAvennie and it’s easy to see why. He has two goals and six assists against the Gers in his career. For context, he has only registered more assists against Motherwell, Aberdeen, Inverness and St Mirren in Scottish football.
He has been a menace against Rangers down the years, and to welcome him back on Sunday will be welcome news for Celtic.
They have lacked a threat like Forrest’s for a considerable period of time. Ryan Christie has only scored one goal in his last 19 league games, for instance, so that would be the most obvious change for Kennedy to make this weekend.
It feels like the long-serving attacker holds the keys to preventing an unbeaten league season for the Gers.