The last thing James Forrest needed on returning to the first team after a lengthy injury absence is a two-week international break. James needs games to deliver the match fitness that is simply not possible by training. It could take him until the end of the season before he is at anything like his best.
John Kennedy will be keen to get James fit for the business end of the Scottish Cup, so I expect he will make substitute appearances in most games over the coming weeks, and perhaps a start on 3 April and play part of the game against Arbroath or Falkirk in the Cup itself. The Cup is only a landmark, though, like the rest of his teammates, the priority for James is to be in peak condition for the summer’s Champions League qualifiers.
In terms of Sunday, it’s not often I say this, but I think the players owe us one.