Celtic may take 'big risk' on Forrest v Midtjylland after 'huge' development - pundit
Alan Hutton has claimed it would be a “huge ask” for James Forrest to play for Celtic against FC Midtjylland after missing training.
The former Scotland defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted it would be a “big risk” to start the 30-year-old next week.
As confirmed by Celtic last week (July 6th), Forrest has missed the club’s training camp in Wales after being forced into self-isolation.
The Hoops have played two pre-season friendlies, against Sheffield Wednesday and Charlton, during their time away from Glasgow.
The Bhoys’ first competitive game will be next week’s (July 20th) Champions League qualifier at Parkhead.
Hutton admitted the clash with Midtjylland would be “huge” for Ange Postecoglou’s men.
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However, he questioned whether Forrest would be ready to play.
Hutton told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “It’s not ideal. It’d be a massive ask.
“We’re talking about a boy who missed most of last season. He was obviously away with the national team and is back after a couple of weeks’ break.
“I think it would be huge for him to come straight back. I don’t know when the isolation would be up for him but he has missed a big week.
“Two games, a lot of training and probably a lot of focus on formation, shape and how the manager actually wants to play. He won’t be privy to it at all.
“Forrest’s young enough that he could come in. He has played a lot of games. He has experience and could handle himself.
“In that sense, if he was back in now and had a week under his belt, he could probably deal with it.
“He’s only had a couple of weeks off. I do think it would be a big ask.
“On the flip side of that, from the manager’s point of view, this is a huge game. It has come so early and he will want his most experienced players on the pitch.
“It’ll be interesting to see if he does go with him. Sitting here right now, I think it’s a big risk.”