Frank McAvennie suggests Celtic will not miss James Forrest for the upcoming Old Firm clash and tipped Jeremie Frimpong to dazzle instead.
The former Hoops and St Mirren striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, claimed that the 29-year-old “has been off the boil of late” and may not have been picked to start against Rangers regardless of his injury.
Lennon revealed today that he fears the winger will be unavailable for the the season’s first Old Firm clash at Celtic Park on 17 October after he suffered an ankle injury last week.
Forrest‘s seven appearances this season have yielded just two goals and one assist having nearly averaged a goal involvement every game last season – 16 goals and 22 assists in 47 appearances.
McAvennie believes that now Lennon has adopted a 3-5-2 formation Forest has become dispensable.
“They are playing with three so to be honest with you James has been off the boil of late,” he told Football Insider. “I think it might be a good time for him to step out.
“Lenny can play Elyounoussi on the left and Frimpong from the right. He has come on leaps and bounds in the last couple of games. Such incredible energy, it really is incredible. He is not the finished article yet but he is looking up and seeing a pass.
“Even if Forrest was fit for the next few games I do not know if he would be playing now that we have moved to three at the back.
“I would play Elyounoussi and Frimpong but managers see things differently.”
When asked if Forrest would likely miss the visit of Rangers next month, Lennon said: “Yes, I would imagine so.
“We are a little concerned about James because it is a sore one and we haven’t got a length of time on it just as yet.”
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