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31st Dec, 2016 | 2:17pm

25-year-old should be axed: Three things we learned about Celtic in win v Rangers

COMMENT By Harvey Byrne

Football Insider analyses three things we learned from Celtic’s 2-1 win against Rangers in Saturday’s Premiership clash.

Forrest needs to be axed

James Forrest, 25, was hopeless in the front attacking three and failed to produce anything of note. In one of the Hoops’ biggest fixtures of the campaign, Forrest was one of many who didn’t rise to the occasion. The Scotland international does boast an impressive return of six goals and eight assists in 28 appearances. However, his performance against Rangers should see him chopped to the bench with young starlet Patrick Roberts stepping back in after the break.

Dembele is the club’s number one striker

MoussaDembele made his way back into the team for Leigh Griffiths and he fully justified manager Brendan Rodgers’ decision by scoring the equaliser. The 20-year-old forward had gone through a bad spell of form in front of goal in recent times, but his pace and power are one of many reasons why he is already better than Griffiths. The Scotland international is no doubt a top quality forward for Premiership level, but Dembele has a bit more about him and has the potential to become one of the best forwards in the world. He missed some chances in the second half, but greater consistency will come with age.

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Celtic will go the season unbeaten

Not the most outlandish prediction given Celtic’s dominance over the rest of the Premiership. However, Rangers are the Hoops’ greatest competition and Rodgers has managed to mastermind two victories over them in the league. They are now 19 points clear at the top of the table and they will surely go on to win their sixth consecutive title now. With no European football and a break for Celtic to recover in January, they will now go the second half of the campaign unbeaten like the first.

In other Celtic news, Shane Duffy shared his support for the Hoops ahead of the meeting.