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19th Mar, 2018 | 11:57am

Worrying signs as Celtic ace goes off the boil at the wrong time of the season

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Celtic ace James Forrest has been in the best form of his career up until recently, but in the last few games there have been some worrying signs that the player has gone off the boil.

The player didn’t play well in the Hoops recent 3-2 win over Rangers at Ibrox, but then he has usually struggled in Old Firm matches so that wasn’t much of a surprise.

However, his poor form continued against Motherwell on Sunday, where aside from one shot which was saved by Trevor Carson he was anonymous and eventually substituted.

Normally it would just be a case of a few poor games after many good games which happens to most players, but the timing of the form slump is the issue for the Hoops attacker.

There must be a good chance that despite turning in player of the year level performances for most of the season, Forrest will lose his place in the first-team to Patrick Roberts for the Old Firm double header next month.

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In his few games against the Ibrox side, Roberts has done more against them than Forrest has in all the many years he has played against the Hoops’ bitter rivals.

Forrest has three league games after the international break to convince Brendan Rodgers that his form slump was temporary and that he deserves to start in the Scottish Cup semi-final against the Ibrox side.

In other Celtic news, Tam McManus believes that the Hoops badly missed Leigh Griffiths v Motherwell

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