By Frank McAvennie

17th Apr, 2021 | 6:00pm

Kennedy told to axe Christie for Celtic clash against Rangers

James Forrest must start for Celtic in Sunday’s Scottish Cup clash against Rangers – and Ryan Christie should be axed.

That’s according to former Hoops hitman Frank McAvennie, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about who should start against the Gers this weekend.

Forrest, 29, has only made nine Scottish Premiership appearances this season after picking up a severe ankle injury in September.

The attacker has featured and scored in Celtic’s last two games against Falkirk and Livingston as his recovery continues.

McAvennie insists Forrest must start in the Old Firm this weekend and claimed that £8million-valued (Transfermarkt) Christie, 26, is the most likely candidate to be dropped to the bench.

“I wanted him to start against Rangers last time out and they put him on the bench but I thought he should’ve started,” McAvennie told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.

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“I’d rather have him in from the start than come on later. If he starts the game and can’t carry on then he comes off but if he comes on then he has to come off, you’ve wasted a substitute. 

“He gives Celtic so much more and if he’s fit, get him playing. If he lasts an hour or if he lasts 80 minutes, fine, take him off. 

“He definitely needs to start against Rangers and we’ll see where it goes. Someone has to be left out and if it’s Ryan [Christie] against Rangers it’ll be someone else the next week and that’s fine.”

Forest scored the first of six as Celtic demolished Livingston on their last league outing before the Scottish Cup clash with Rangers.

A win would give Celtic the chance to win a trophy after a miserable season that saw the club spurn the chance to win a historic tenth league title in a row.

In other news, Celtic are tipped to re-sign wide forward with eyecatching scoring record after his price tag crashes by £11m.