JAMES FORREST is looking forward to working overtime as Celtic enter a crucial stage of the campaign.

First up are Ross County on Premiership business at Parkhead on Saturday and that is followed by the visit of Lazio for the third game in Europa League Group E on Thursday.

Then it’s off to Pittodrie for an encounter with Derek McInnes’ Aberdeen on the continued quest for vital league points with nine in a row the target.

Forrest, who played in the 6-0 Euro 2020 mauling of Sn Marino at Hampden on Sunday, told the  Daily Record: “It’s a tough schedule, but it’s also exciting and the boys are looking forward to it.”

The confrontation with the Serie A outfit is already a sell-out and the winger said: “Cluj have already beaten them, but I believe the four clubs are all of a similar standard.

“Everyone can beat everyone else, so we’re not getting ahead of ourselves.

“We started well against Cluj and gave the crowd something to cheer about. It’s probably the best we’ve played all season and another display like that would do next time out.”

Forrest’s club and country team-mate Ryan Christie will sit out the league matches against the Dingwall side and the Dons following his straight red card for the lunge at Livingston’s Scott Robinson in the dismal 2-0 defeat in West Lothian.

But the forward is convinced the Hoops playmaker will come roaring back after his uncharacteristic challenge on the Livi player.

He added: “Ryan has been spot on since his red card. He trained with Scotland the next day and looked well all week.

“He’s suspended for County, but made appearances against Russia and San Marino and he’ll be fine once he comes back.”



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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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