Celtic have the chance to secure another Premiership victory this afternoon if they beat Ross County, after securing their place in the semi-finals of the Scottish Cup earlier in the week.
However, it seems as though Hoops manager Ange Postecoglou will have to do without one of his prime attacking options this afternoon.
Speaking in his recent press conference (via 67hailhail), the 56-year-old revealed that Hoops winger James Forrest will not be available to take on County this afternoon as a result of a knock he picked up in Monday’s 3-0 cup win against Dundee United.
A product of Celtic’s youth academy, Forrest has gone on to make 440 senior appearances for the Parkhead side across all competitions, scoring 97 goals and providing 97 assists along the way, highlighting what a significant figure he has become at the club.
This setback has definitely come at a bad time for the 30-year-old from an individual point of view, as he scored his first league goal of the campaign in Celtic’s previous outing against Livingston, He also registered an assist in the recent cup win, which could have put him in a good place to potentially start today as well.
Taking into account how Forrest has an extensive injury record to his name, including a knee problem earlier in the season which kept him out from August to October, it could be more to do with the rate at which he’s picking up issues rather than the seriousness of this latest one which would be a cause for concern for his manager at the moment.
Moving forward, the best thing we can hope for is that Forrest can recover from this latest injury scare as soon as possible and maintain his fitness for the remainder of the season to help Celtic potentially secure the league title for which they are currently on course. For now, though, the manager will be sweating over the latest absence for the in-form 30-year-old.