JAMES FORREST is struggling to play in the first Glasgow derby of the season – in TWENTY days’ time.

The winger limped off during Celtic’s 1-0 Europa League qualifying win over FC Riga in Latvia on Thursday night when he was replaced by Jeremie Frimpong in the 34th minute.

Boss Neil Lennon immediately ruled the Scotland international out of today’s visit of Hibs to the east end of Glasgow on Premiership business.

Now the 30-year-old raider could miss the match against St Johnstone in Perth a week today, Scotland’s Euro Championship play-off showdown with Israel on October 8 and the match against Slovakia three days later.

Next up, will be the meeting with Steven Gerrard’s Ibrox outfit on October 17 and Forrest could still be sidelined by the time the confrontation arrives.

Lennon is sweating on the results of a scan to see if there is any long-term damage to his long-serving flanker.

Frimpong will deputise against the Easter Road side while David Turnbull, bought for £3.25million from Motherwell, stands by to make his first start while skipper Scott Brown toils with an injury sustained in Latvia.

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