As reported by The Scotsman, Brendan Rodgers has offered a big hint that Celtic fans could be seeing James Forrest playing as a striker in their massive European match against Rosenborg on Wednesday night.
The Hoops’ summer of matches continued at the weekend when a mostly second string side thrashed Sunderland 5-0 at the Stadium of Light. It was an impressive performance that had a massive away support in full party mode.
Rodgers did start a few players that could feature against Rosenborg in UEFA Champions League qualifying on Wednesday, chiefly Scott Sinclair, Jonny Hayes and James Forrest. The Celtic boss appeared to be trying a different blend in attack after they failed to penetrate the defence of the Norwegians much at all last week.
With the Hoops sweating on the fitness of Leigh Griffiths and with Moussa Dembele out for a few weeks at least, they’ve been left caught short in attack and have been left exploring unconventional options.
One man that Rodgers has no problem playing as a striker though is James Forrest.
When asked about his performance in the role against Sunderland, the Celtic manager was full of praise for the Scotland international and his comments point to a potential start as striker on Wednesday if Griffiths doesn’t make it.
As quoted by The Scotsman, Rodgers said:
James was outstanding. He has played there as a young player and he gave the team great fluency. You are always having to try things, especially if you don’t have someone obvious who can go and play. During the week we played Tom there and it wasn’t quite as fluent. For James it was a lot more natural, for him to spin in behind and come underneath. He was very good at turning in tight spaces and he can do that naturally as he has played there as a youngster and even occasionally in the first team for Celtic. I would have no hesitation in playing him there but it was nice to see it in a good level game.
It certainly sounds as if the 26-year-old could get the nod to spearhead the Hoops attack in Norway, which would be a bold call but perhaps necessary in the circumstances. While Rodgers clearly sees it as a viable option, both he and supporters will be hoping that Griffiths can recover from his calf injury in time and fire Celtic through to the play-off round.