Noel Whelan is worried about James Forrest after he was withdrawn due to injury in the Celtic win over Livingston.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Aberdeen and Leeds United striker said an injury to the 29-year-old “is the last thing” John Kennedy’s side wanted.
Forrest was forced off after 59 minutes of Saturday’s 6-0 win over Livingston, having opened the scoring after half an hour.
As quoted by the Glasgow Times, Kennedy revealed that the winger was suffering from “general stiffness around the hamstrings” before limping off.
The Scotland international, who only recently recovered from an ankle injury, will be assessed this week before a decision is made on whether he can face Rangers on Saturday.
When asked by Football Insider for his thoughts on Forrest’s injury, Whelan said:
“It would be devastating if he has to spend another spell on the sidelines having just come back. Seeing him limp off, it was the last thing Celtic wanted.
“A fantastic performance and a fantastic result, the sort of result you would expect them to be getting most weeks. It is just a shame it has been tarnished with another possible injury for Forrest.
“Fingers crossed it is not as serious as we think and he can be back playing. His injuries have been a big downside to this season.”
When asked about the extent of Forrest’s problem, Kennedy said: “It is too early. We will just have to assess him.
“It was a general stiffness around the hamstrings, stuff you usually concern yourself about, but hopefully we got him off quick enough.”