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FORREST WANTS TO LEAD HOOPS COMEBACK

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JAMES FORREST is backing Celtic to get back on the Premiership track after the Friday night hiccup against St Mirren in Paisley.

The Hoops – down to 10 men for almost an hour following Olivier Ntcham’s red card – had to settle for a goalless stalemate, the second successive league game in which they have failed to score after losing 1-0 to Hearts at Tynecastle.

Forrest, who was substituted by Mikey Johnston in the 1-0 Europa League success over Rosenborg on Thursday night, is hoping to play his part in gaining three points against Kilmarnock at Rugby Park tomorrow afternoon.

The 27-year-old winger, who is involved in talks to extend his contract which expires in the summer, said: “Obviously, it was disappointing last week, but we have had disappointing results before and always come back. We have a real good squad and that is what we are looking to do.

“We know we have a lot of different competitions coming up and we are going use our squad. We need everyone raring to go when they play. We want to keep ourselves in all competitions and we need to start again tomorrow.”

French midfielder Ntcham is suspended while Rodgers has a problem concerning Kristoffer Ajer who will be assessed after missing the European tie with a virus,

Steve Clarke has urged his players to give him a “maximum performance” against the champions who have yet to beat his side on three occasions since he took over from Lee McCulloch as Killie boss, losing once and drawing twice.

He said: “It’s always a difficult game against Celtic. We have to play at our very, very best to get anything.

“In training this week, that’s what we have been working towards. I feel that in the games we have played this year we have been competitive. If we are competitive we can give anyone in the league a game.”

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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