Celtic star James Forrest has told the Evening Times that revenge is firmly in his sights ahead of this weekend’s clash with Rangers.
The Hoops clinched their eight successive Scottish Premiership title on Saturday. Rangers have already clinched second so it is just bragging rights at stake during Sunday’s game at Ibrox.
Forrest has been in great form this season netting 17 goals and contributing 20 assists to his team. Given his formidable form, some English clubs could come calling for his services this summer.
For now the 27-year-old is fully focused on gaining revenge and claiming all three points this weekend.
He told the Evening Times: “Going into the winter break, when we went to Dubai, it wasn’t the same because we left after what was such a bad result, but more importantly a poor performance.
“I am sure when it comes to Ibrox the boys will be thinking about that game and putting things right this time. Whoever is in the squad for this one will want to make sure that it doesn’t happen again.”
Old Firm derby contests are typically fiery affairs. This weekend doesn’t look like being any different if Forrest’s comments are anything to go by.
Celtic claimed bragging rights when they last met at Celtic Park, winning a close game 2-1. According to the Hoops winger, however, the defeat at Ibrox is still firmly in the players’ minds.
Rangers nor Celtic have a great deal to play for but that could make the Gers’ home advantage prove decisive. Forrest will hope that isn’t the case but Steven Gerrard’s men are in pretty decent form.
Celtic’s chances of victory will likely hinge on the form of Forrest himself.