Celtic supporters have reacted with frustration to confirmation that James Forrest will miss today’s Scottish Cup fourth round tie against Rangers at Ibrox.
Forrest has looked sharp since returning from a lengthy lay-off, but he misses out again today after going off with an injury in the second half of last Saturday’s 6-0 win over Livingston at Celtic Park.
Scott Brown captains the side, in what will be his penultimate derby before taking up a player-coach role at Aberdeen next season.
Today represents a chance for Celtic to secure their first victory over Rangers during this campaign.
Neil Lennon’s side were extremely disappointing in the season’s first derby, putting in a meek performance at Celtic Park in October as Connor Goldson’s double earned the visitors a 2-0 win.
They turned in a significantly better performance at Ibrox in January, but Nir Bitton’s red card on 62 minutes changed the game’s complexion and Callum McGregor’s own goal eight minutes later meant Steven Gerrard’s side finished 1-0 winners.
FULL CELTIC LINEUP
STARTING XI: Bain, Brown, Turnbull, Kenny, Christie, Edouard, Elyounoussi, Ajer, McGregor, Welsh, Laxalt
SUBS: Barkas, Taylor, Bitton, Griffiths, Ajeti, Soro, Rogic, Montgomery, Ralston
Here’s a flavour of how Celtic supporters are responding to Kennedy’s lineup.
I think Forrest will be a big miss today.
— Dr Davie Adam EngD (@DrDavieAdamEngD) April 18, 2021
Gutted Forrest never made the team 😞
— Ann-marie Colvan (@AnnmarieColvan) April 18, 2021
Nae Forrest today no even on the bench. Could've done with him in there instead of Christie
— B.T.P.H (@TheDogzBawz) April 18, 2021
No Forrest in the squad, sigh https://t.co/0vj6W4RSMg
— allthingfootball67 (@allthingfootba1) April 18, 2021
Sadly no Forrest means no natural width and so the usual struggle to break a side Down https://t.co/bLgnvr7yi7
— Martin welsh (@accts_cowboy) April 18, 2021
Devastating that Forrest is not in the team. Have been seriously questioning how Celtic manage injuries and player conditioning for some time now.
— Connor McQuade (@ConMcQ) April 18, 2021
Ryan Christie needs to step up today big time
— c 🇮🇪 (@hctelfih) April 18, 2021
Missing Forrest is huge. Broony doesn’t have the legs for this, especially this formation, and Christie is a complete no mark in these matches.
I don’t care. Just win.
— Yankee1O570 (@Yankee1O570) April 18, 2021