Celtic winger James Forrest has urged his side to show a positive response after the defeat to Kilmarnock at the weekend.
The Hoops were beaten 1-0 away against their Scottish Premier League rivals on Saturday and the 26-year-old also insisted that the result could not be blamed on injuries or due to the fact that the game was being played on an artificial surface – something he believes they ought to be able to deal with.
A Youssouf Mulumba effort in the 70th minute was enough to see Killie take all three points and condemn Brendan Rodgers’ side to their second defeat of the campaign but still eight points clear of the chasing pack.
Perhaps more worrying for the Bhoys was their failure during the match to register even a single shot on target until the final minute.
Celtic’s injury list is growing which will not have been helped by Kristoffer Ajer and Dedryck Boyata becoming the latest casualties but Forrest believes that the club have the capacity to deal with this issue and expects a response and a positive one at that.
“There needs to be,” Forrest said in the Daily Record.
“We need to make sure we get into the next round of the cup and then it’s the European game after that, so we know there are big games coming up and we have to try and turn it around.
“The squad we have is massive and a few boys have to come back this week. We have strength in depth and we can cope with the injuries.
“I don’t think the defeat at Kilmarnock was anything to do with injuries. Overall we can’t blame individuals, collectively we weren’t good enough.
“We don’t want to make excuses. We just weren’t good enough from start to finish, we got what we deserved and we need to show a bit of character to come back from it.”
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