Potential Rangers boost as Celtic midfield goal machine in Old Firm fitness battle - report
By Will Butcher
James Forrest could hand Rangers a huge boost ahead of Sunday’s Old Firm showdown against Celtic as he struggles to shake off an injury.
The 25-year-old has missed Celtic’s last two outings against Inverness and St. Mirren, after sustaining an impact injury during the 2-0 win over Hamilton back in February.
Now, the Daily Record claim Celtic’s fleet-footed winger is struggling to be fit with six days remaining before the arch enemies meet for the fourth time this season.
Forrest has reignited his Bhoys career under manager Brendan Rodgers this season, as he lines up on the right of the former Liverpool manager’s free-flowing attack.
Making 36 league and cup appearances, the midfield goal machine has scored 11 times this season for the 47-time Scottish champions as well as supplying seven assists.
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However, Rangers could be in line for a huge boost as Forrest struggles to overcome the injury sustained during a robust tackle against Hamilton’s Danny Redmond.
That could give left-back Lee Wallace a slightly easier 90 minutes at Celtic Park this weekend, as he looks to help the Gers end a dismal run of three straight losses against Celtic this season.
Wallace and the rest of the side were demolished 5-1 in the first meeting between the two sides, before losing 2-1 in the league and 1-0 in the Scottish League Cup semi finals.
Sunday’s encounter will not be the last of the season between the two sides, after Rangers drew Celtic in the Scottish Cup semi finals which are to be played on April 22 or 23.
In other Rangers news, this forgotten midfielder has had his first full game in a year.