Forrest on course for Valencia return

James Forrest is in contention to face Valencia next week, as reported by The Scottish Sun.

The winger opened the scoring in the 78th minute away to St. Johnstone to set up three precious points but felt a reaction in his hamstring that forced him out of action.

Most hamstring injuries involve at least a month long lay-off but the signs are that Forrest is on course for an early return.

The Scottish Sun claim Forrest hasn’t ruled out being available for next week’s all-important Europa League clash with Valencia, should his treatment go to plan.

Mikey Johnston could step straight into Forrest’s place on the right flank for the coming encounter with Hibernian or Timothy Weah could come in to form a twin strike-force with Oliver Burke.

Celtic could be without a whole host of first team players for Wednesday’s match, with Tom Rogic, Filip Benkovic, Tony Ralston and Leigh Griffiths – to name a few – currently stuck on the sidelines.

Forrest has put in some memorable performances in European ties but Brendan Rodgers can’t afford to take any risk on the winger with a hectic domestic schedule ahead.