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Collins defends Celtic star with 'electrifying pace'

Celtic's James Forrest has received a lot of criticism recently, but John Collins still feels he has masses of ability.

Celtic assistant manager John Collins has praised James Forrest on the club's official site.

Forrest has faced criticism from Bhoys fans of late, with his performances regularly falling short of his optimum standards, but Collins has defended the 23-year-old.

Collins feels that the winger's persistent injury problems have stopped him reaching top form, but he has backed the Scotland international to show his worth between now and the end of the season. 

“He’s had a lot of problems with injuries, so fingers crossed he can keep himself fit," Collins said. "It would be great for him and us as he has the electrifying pace that can do a lot of damage to opponents.

“They don’t like to see someone like James running at them, so hopefully there will be a lot more of that in the coming months, first and foremost in Celtic jersey.”

Despite Collins' words of praise, Forrest still has a lot to prove to win over every supporter at Parkhead.

There has never been any doubt over his ability, but his application has come into question over recent weeks, with the winger not putting in the requisite amount of effort when on the field.

Forrest did score in the Scottish League Cup final against Dundee United in Celtic's most recent fixture, though, and the hope is that this goal will help him push on.

Forrest is reaching a stage of his career where it is starting to become make or break and he needs to start showing signs he is close to fulfilling his potential if he is to remain with the Bhoys. 

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