By Richard Parks
Celtic academy product Michael Tidser has insisted that James Forrest has achieved more at the club than many so-called Hoops “legends”.
The Morton midfielder, who will go head to head with Forrest in Saturday’s Scottish Cup tie at Parkhead, came through the youth team with the winger and believes he does not get the credit he deserves from supporters.
“There are still Celtic fans out there who don’t seem 100 per cent sure of Jamesie,” Tidser told the Scottish Sun. “I don’t understand that at all and for me, it’s a shame.
“Look at his record. Look at the trophies he’s won and the big games he’s delivered in. Cup finals, Europe . . . he’s a guy you can rely on to produce something special.
“Jamesie has achieved more than a lot of players who are classed as legends — and he’s only 26.”
Tidser explained that Forrest will be pinpointed as the dangerman by the Scottish Championship outfit ahead of the weekend showdown.
“He’s been flying this season and he will probably be the biggest danger to us on Saturday,” he added to the Scottish Sun.
“Jamesie is a nightmare to play against. His first thought is to skin you with that pace of his.”
Football Insider verdict:
In what has been a lopsided season for Celtic in which so many of their big names have been below par or unavailable for long periods – Moussa Dembele, Scott Sinclair, Stuart Armstrong and Leigh Griffiths among them – Forrest has consistently delivered the goods from his wide role and has even filled in impressively at wing-back. His 16 goals from 46 matches in all competitions backs up Tidser’s claim and he is well placed to win the Scottish player of the year gong awarded to Sinclair last season, barring a continuation of Josh Windass or James Tavernier’s second-half-of-the-season excellence.