‘Let’s get back to winning ways’ says star man – is this the Celtic team to beat Motherwell?

AFTER the poor performance and result at Easter Road on Sunday, Celtic star man James Forrest has revealed that the Celtic players are aiming for 4 wins in the remaining 4 games to be played this year – starting tomorrow night against Motherwell at Celtic Park.

Looking back on the wreckage of the Easter Road performance – probably the worst of the season so far – the winger tried to pin-point what exactly went so badly wrong.

“There were a couple of goals we could have done better with throughout the team,” he said to the official website.

“It’s not nice losing. The way we conceded the goals on Sunday was disappointing.

“It’s good we have a game so quickly after that. The games come thick and fast so we just need to look forward.

“We have a hard game tomorrow, so hopefully we will rectify the mistakes, get a good result and get back to winning ways like it should be.

“It was a hard game against Motherwell two weeks ago. They always make it hard and they’ll be full of confidence given their result at the weekend.

“Every time we play them we know it’s going to be hard, so we’ll need to make sure we’re ready from the start.”

The target now is to beat Motherwell, then take care of Dundee at Parkhead on Saturday before heading to both Pittodrie and Ibrox looking for maximum points that would guarantee ending the year on top of the league.

But for now the focus is exclusively on beating Motherwell, who reckon that there are weaknesses in the Celtic team that they can exploit – see HERE.

“It’s about taking it game by game,” Forrest said.

“We have four games before the winter break. Every game is going to be difficult, so we need to start with tomorrow, get three points and move on from there.

“We’ve had a successful run in this period before.

“We have a strong squad and players pushing for places. We have four games and they’re all big games. We need to make sure we turn up, give everything and then hopefully the performances get us results.

“We focus on ourselves. We go into every game confident in ourselves. We know the ability we have in the squad so we need to keep to showing that.

“If you’re a few points behind, you can get back. We showed a lot of character before and we’re definitely going to need to show that again.”

The Motherwell game has come too soon for Ryan Christie who may be back for the Dundee game. Tom Rogic should be available tomorrow after missing the game at Hibs with his on-going knee problem.

Mikael Lustig is unlikely to be risked tomorrow but may force himself into the side and Kieran Tierney is fit enough to start after his hip problem re-surfaced at the weekend.

Dedryck Boyata is targeting a return for the Boxing Day trip to Pittodrie.

After the disappointment at the weekend Brendan Rodgers is likely to have some tough decisions to make, with perhaps Jozo Simunovic, Olivier Ntcham and Scotty Sinclair dropping to the bench.

Assuming Mikael Lustig declares himself fit the Celtic team to face Motherwell could look something like this…

Craig Gordon

Mikael Lustig, Kristoffer Ayer, Filip Benkovic, Kieran Tierney

Scott Brown

Callum McGregor

James Forrest, Mikey Johnston

Tom Rogic

Odsonne Edouard

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The Celtic Star founder and editor, who has edited numerous Celtic books over the past decade or so including several from Lisbon Lions, Willie Wallace, Tommy Gemmell and Jim Craig. Earliest Celtic memories include a win over East Fife at Celtic Park and the 4-1 League Cup loss to Partick Thistle as a 6 year old. Best game? Easy 4-2, 1979 when Ten Men Won the League. Email editor@thecelticstar.co.uk

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