James Forrest will make his first start since September this weekend when Celtic take on Falkirk.

That is the view of former Hoops and St Mirren striker Frank McAvennie, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about possible changes for Saturday’s Scottish Cup tie.

Forrest has featured just twice as a substitute since returning from a long-term ankle injury last month.

As quoted by The Scotsman, interim boss John Kennedy revealed that the winger is “in contention to start”.

McAvennie suggested Forrest would replace Ryan Christie in the starting XI, with the attacking midfielder having played twice for Scotland over the international break.

“I think Forrest will start on the right wing,” he told Football Insider.

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“To be honest with you, he has to put out a very strong side. Leave out the players that went away on internationals, I get that, but he has to put out a decent team. The last thing you want is to be like Hearts.

“If you do no not win the battle you are going to be in trouble, that is the biggest problem. If you win the battle, your ability will shine through.

“Celtic should be fitter than them but Falkirk are also full-time. Kennedy has to put a decent team out. There can be no ifs, buts or maybes.

“Falkirk will be working all this week on crossing, corners and free-kicks. That is where we are vulnerable at the moment. They will be looking for free-kicks at any given opportunity because they know that is how they will score against Celtic.” 

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