Scottish champions Celtic are back in action at home to St Mirren in the Scottish Cup this evening, with Ange Postecoglou’s side hoping to maintain their bid for glory on all three domestic fronts.
Although the title-winning coach will likely be keen to put out a strong starting line-up against what remains the only team to have won against his side this season in league or cup – aside from the Champions League – this upcoming clash at Parkhead could well allow the chance for the 57-year-old to shuffle his pack.
One man who could be in line for what would be a rare start is long-serving gem, James Forrest, with the diminutive winger having been on the periphery since the Old Firm derby clash with Rangers at the start of last month.
That 2-2 draw at Ibrox was the 31-year-old’s last start in all competitions, having endured a rather torrid outing against Michael Beale’s men after losing possession on 11 occasions and enjoying a measly pass accuracy rate of just 65%, before being hooked on the hour mark.
The experienced speedster has since gone to make just two substitute appearances in the Scottish Premiership since then, having been unable to make it off the bench in each of the past three top-flight games.
Should Forrest start this weekend?
While that may suggest that the £19k-per-week wizard has fallen way down the pecking order, tonight’s encounter could provide an ideal opportunity for the “special” talent – as lauded by teammate Callum McGregor – to prove his worth once again.
The Hoops academy graduate – who has scored five goals in all competitions so far this season – does boast an impressive record against the Buddies in his career to date, having scored seven goals and provided seven assists in just 19 meetings across all fronts.
The 5 foot 9 machine has also remarkably failed to taste defeat and been held to just one draw against the Paisley outfit to date, with that perhaps illustrating that he is something of a lucky charm when it comes to playing against the Saints.
Clearly a regular thorn in the side of today’s opponents over the years, the hope will be that Forrest can terrorise Stephen Robinson and co once again this time around.