CELTIC centurion James Forrest is ready for a head-to-head confrontation with one of his heroes at Easter Road this evening.
The Hoops winger has opened up on his admiration of ex-Celt Aiden McGeady who has overcome injury to make his long-awaited return for Hibs in time for the visit of the champions in the last action of 2022.
Forrest, 31, was an emerging talent at Parkhead while the Republic of Ireland international was one of the team’s key men before his £10million move to Spartak Moscow in August 2010.
JOY BHOYS…Sead Haksabanovic congratulates James Forrest after another strike from the evergreen Celt.
Glasgow-born McGeady had been introduced the Celtic first team my Martin O’Neill six years earlier before his record-breaking switch to the Russian giants. After spells with Everton and Sunderland, the one-time tricky winger returned to Scotland in the summer to join the Edinburgh outfit.
The 93 times-capped star was crocked early in his career in Leith and an injury kept him sidelined until after the World Cup Finals break. He made a substitute’s appearance in the 3-2 loss at Ibrox last week and was on the bench for the 4-0 weekend win over Livingston.
However, McGeady could be pitched in against Ange Postecoglou’s side tonight which could mean an intriguing encounter with his long-term admirer.
TOUCHLINE TERROR…Aiden McGeady in action for Celtic.
Forrest, who hit a hat-trick in the 6-1 win over Hibs at Parkhead in October to hoisthis Hoops goal tally to 100, told Celtic TV: “When I was a young boy coming through at Celtic, I always looked up to Aiden.
“He’s 36 now, but I saw him playing last year at Sunderland and he was still looking sharp, so he’ll definitely be a threat when we play them.
“All the young boys coming through, you always looked to players in your position and I watched him so many times over the years, so it’ll be good to play against him.
“Easter Road’s a good place to play and Hibs is always a difficult game there, so we’ll be looking forward to that.”