James Forrest’s return will have given the Celtic squad a “real shot in the arm”, according to Alex McLeish.

The former Scotland boss, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the likes of Odsonne Edouard will be emotional and excited to see the 29-year-old back in action.

Forrest spent over five months sidelined through injury but made his return as a substitute against Dundee United on Sunday.

Forrest kicked off the season as a regular under Neil Lennon but suffered an ankle blow, which required surgery, in September.

He was forced to watch on as his teammates struggled for form and confidence both domestically and in Europe.

However, McLeish has suggested the dressing room will be thrilled to see the Scotland star back playing again.

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Asked if Forrest’s return would lift confidence around the Celtic dressing room, McLeish told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “Yeah, it will. A lot of people, a lot of players will feel the emotions inside now that James is back on the scene again.

“Also it’s great for Scotland he’s coming back. That should give a real shot in the arm to the Celtic players. He’s not only contributed with goals but he’s provided loads of ammunition.

“He’s given a lot of assists to the players over the years and they will be thankful that a quality player of his magnitude is back in the team. I’m sure Edouard will benefit.”

Forrest has managed to make just 11 appearances across all competitions this season.

He played his 400th game for the Bhoys against Ferencvaros back in August.

In other news, McLeish claims John Collins could make some excellent signings amid Celtic return confession.