By James Black
James Forrest believes having such tough competition for places at Celtic is driving players on to improve – and admits it leaves players knowing if they don’t then they’ll lose their place.
Forrest has been in fantastic form for the Hoops this season as he has played a part on their historic 63-game unbeaten domestic run.
The 26-year-old is up against Patrick Roberts for a place in the starting XI most weeks but has enjoyed an extended run after injury ruled the Englishman out for the last month.
Forrest insists the competition provided by players like Manchester City loanee Roberts only drives him on to do better and want to play in every game for club and country.
“When you go away there are 27 players and there are maybe four, five or six players who can play in your position,” Forrest said, as quoted by the Press and Journal.
“It is the same at Celtic because we have two or three international players for every position.
“It keeps you motivated because you know if you don’t kick on or be at it then there will be another player to come in.
“It is more competition for places and it drives people.”
With Roberts almost back to fitness, Forrest will face a renewed fight for his jersey from the on-loan Man City winger.
Forrest has scored seven times in 23 appearances across all competitions this season – two goals off his best tally for a single season.
Since making his debut for the Scottish champions, Forrest has made 257 appearances and scored 45 times in all competitions.
Celtic return to action after the international break when they travel to Dingwall on Saturday to face Owen Coyle’s Ross County before heading to Paris to take on Paris Saint-Germain.
The Scottish champions have a three-point lead over second-place Aberdeen in the Scottish Premiership.
In other Celtic news, the Hoops are in a transfer tussle with a Bundesliga club for this goal-a-game forward.