Alan Hutton has admitted he is seriously worried about James Forrest returning from injury for Celtic against Rangers on Sunday.
The former Gers star, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested his fellow countryman could exploit Borna Barisic’s defensive weaknesses down the Hoops’ right-hand side.
As confirmed on Friday, Forrest is back in contention for Sunday after shaking off an injury problem.
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The 29-year-old has missed the Hoops’ last two games after coming off against Livingston.
That included the 2-0 Scottish Cup defeat to Rangers last month.
Hutton admitted he was worried about Forrest coming back to take on Barisic in that game but the winger’s absence allayed those fears.
However, with the Celtic man fit again, the ex-Ibrox star insisted those worries were back.
Discussing Forrest’s comeback, Hutton told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “Huge, absolutely massive for Celtic.
“Coming back from the injury, he showed us what Celtic have been missing for a long period of time.
“That directness, the pace that he’s got, he can run in behind. I was actually a little bit nervous ahead of the last Old Firm game because I was thinking if he plays and Barisic is high, he can work that space in behind them.
“(Martin) Boyle did it against Rangers for Hibs so I was a bit nervous about that. Obviously, if he’s back for this game, that’s going to be a problem. It’s something that Gerrard will need to address and be very careful of.”
Forrest has played just 14 times for Celtic this season after undergoing surgery on an ankle problem.
He has scored twice in four games since the operation.