New Bhoys Burke, Weah and Bayo mean competition for starting spots will be intense, reckons Celtic’s Star Man, Forrest

CELTIC’S STAR MAN this season has unquestionably been James Forrest although it has to be said that the winger was visibly tiring as December wore on after six hard months of wall to wall football for the Number 49.

Jamesy has been speaking to Celtic TV from the club’s winter training base in Dubai and he was eager to praise the benefits the warm weather training provides at this time of the year and also talk up the new arrivals to the squad who will all hopefully do their bit to ensure continued success on the park in the second half of the season.

“I think the mid-season training camp is really good for the full squad, and the whole set-up has worked really well for the last two years.

“The fact that it’s something different, you come out and train in the heat for a week, and it gives everyone a boost to take back to Scotland for the second-half of the season.

“Seeing new faces come in at this point in the season is always refreshing for the dressing room.

‘Celtic is a massive club, and we’re always looking to better the squad and better the team. Competition for places helps everyone, and gives the manager a lot of decisions to make with regards to picking the team.”

Forrest knows Oliver Burke well from their time together in Scotland squads. With both Timothy Weah and Vakoun Issouf Bayo signing on at Celtic today the attacking options have been considerably strengthened by Brendan Rodgers. Competition for places is therefore going to be intense but that has never worried Forrest too much.

“I’ve worked hard every season and have always tried to up my game.

“This season, I feel like I’ve went a step better again, and I’m really enjoying it and want to keep playing as many games as I can, and keep contributing to the team.

“Coming out here, training in the heat, it’s great for our fitness levels, and getting back to peak performance after a short break.

“We’re doing harder sessions than we might do back home, and then when you add the heat in, that takes it to another level.

“Once we go back, everyone is in a position to benefit from the hard work we put in here.”

Also on The Celtic Star…

‘Shameful scenes on a sunny day at Hampden,’ Matt Corr…See HERE.

Transfer Agreed! Bayo signs four year Celtic contract…See HERE.

‘I’ll give it my everything, I play for the crest that is across my heart,’ Timothy Weah…See HERE.

‘We’re in the last 32, we’ve won a cup, we’re top of the league and with a game in hand,’ Celtic Star…See HERE.

Timothy Weah and how Celtic fans media embarrassed the MSM….See HERE.

‘I had options, but the only choice in my head was Celtic,’ Oliver Burke…See HERE

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