JAMES FORREST is a rarity among the Celtic squad this season – he has yet to sample defeat from Steven Gerrard’s Ibrox team.
Admittedly, the Scotland international winger has only played 12 minutes in the 1-1 Premiership draw at Parkhead last month, but he is ready to build on that and enjoy a victory in Govan on Sunday.
Forrest’s season has been ravaged by ankle and back injuries that have seen him forced onto the sidelines for the Glasgow derbies during a disappointing campaign for everyone connected with the club.
His solitary appearance in the fixture arrived when John Kennedy sent him on as a 78th-minute substitute for David Turnbull as the Hoops searched for a winner in the stalemate in which Mohamed Elyounoussi scored the team’s only goal against their Glasgow rivals in four attempts.
Forrest made his first start since September in the 3-0 win over Falkirk in the Scottish Cup where he scored the breakthrough goal. He scored the opener in the 6-0 victory over Livingston the following week, but had to go off with a back problem.
However, the experienced 29-year-old raider is poised to come back at Ibrox and interim boss Kennedy, speaking to the Daily Record, confirmed: “James has trained all week. He was just short for the Aberdeen game.
“The benefit of having time since then is that it has given us more training time. He has been good.
“It was nothing too serious, something we could manage easily in-house. Hopefully, he picks up where he left off.”
Mikey Johnston, who has seen his season wiped out through injury, has also trained this week and has a chance of being named in the squad.