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Scotland thrashing could have been a blessing in disguise for Celtic

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Scotland thrashing could have been a blessing in disguise for Celtic

James Forrest didn’t get on the pitch as Belgium ran riot at Hampden Park.

Scotland were trounced 4-0 on Monday night by a Belgium outfit who are currently ranked number one in the world.

Steve Clarke has plenty of work to do as the national team boss and the result will have hurt the whole country.

Perhaps one team who might have found a positive to such a damaging result were Celtic.

Neil Lennon and the Hoops supporters might have been delighted when James Forrest was left out of Clarke’s starting eleven for the Hampden Park showdown.

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To go one further they must have been ecstatic when the mesmerising forward didn’t even get on the pitch, with the boss leaving him sitting on the bench for the 90 minutes.

The 28-year-old is a man bang in form and a player who is capable of winning matches on his own in Scottish football.

 

This season he already has six goals and five assists to his name in all competitions and is very much one of Lennon’s prized assets.

Last season he completely smashed the Scottish Premiership to smithereens, scoring an incredible 18 goals and registering a further 20 assists in all competitions.

Sensational form

Forrest is capable of doing a job wherever his boss feels necessary. Last season he played on both flanks and as a number 10, with each position proving natural to the 31-cap international.

Typically a right-winger, Forrest is something of a late bloomer. In 360 appearances for the Celtic first-team, he has scored 79 goals and registered 75 assists making one of the best players to have played in the league in recent years.

Scotland’s loss on Monday night was, in a bizarre way, Celtic’s gain.

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The Hoops face a tough-looking trip to Hamilton on Saturday and with their artificial pitch, Celtic will need to ensure their best players are fit and ready for the battle.

Had Forrest played against the best team in the world earlier in the week there may have been something of a hangover.

Having sat out, however, Lennon will be able to unleash him at full throttle in this weekend’s game.

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