By Matt Farr
Motherwell manager Mark McGhee claims that no full-back opponent can live with Celtic’s James Forrest at the moment.
The 25-year-old winger was the star of the show as Celtic defeated McGhee’s side 2-0 on Saturday, with Forrest capping off a scintillating display with a superb individual goal.
The Scotland international waltzed through the Motherwell defence to fire past goalkeeper Craig Samson, after cutting in from the right-hand side.
While his match-winning display will have given Celtic’s own boss Brendan Rodgers reason to be cheerful, Forrest also gain particular praise from Motherwell’s McGhee.
Speaking to the Scottish Sun, the Fir Park chief admitted that Forrest tore his defence apart for his goal, and that any defence in Scotland would struggle to contain him.
He said: “Forrest tore Joe Chalmers apart for his goal but when he is in form like that he is unplayable for any defence in the country.
“There is not a full-back in Scotland who’d live with him at the moment, with his pace, his energy and his brightness.”
Prior to the Motherwell victory, Forrest supplied a hat-trick of assists in the 6-0 thrashing of Inverness in the Scottish Cup on February 11.
Forrest has been in superb form for Celtic this season, and has been a regular presence in the first-team under Rodgers.
He was in-and-out of the Parkhead setup under Ronny Deila last season, particularly towards the end of the campaign, but Rodgers has given Forrest his full backing.
He has made 35 appearances for the club in all competitions this term, scoring seven goals and contributing 11 assists.
His versatility has been a great asset to Rodgers, with the Celtic chief having been able to deploy Forrest anywhere across the attack, which aids his rotation policy.
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