Forrest has been a useful player for Celtic in recent weeks as they chase the treble, but Deila has described Forrest as ‘vulnerable’ and has suggested that the best approach the club can take over him is a cautious one.
“James is vulnerable, and we have to manage the situation with him all the time. Every day we measure how his body is,” said Deila.
It’s not uncommon for clubs to have to make regular checks on the fitness of players and Celtic are right to be careful.
Forrest can be a good impact player whether he starts games or comes off of the bench so it’s important that they try and keep him in a condition of good health so he’s ready to step in and be effective during big games.
Deila’s comments suggest that the player is more susceptible to picking up injury problems than some of his teammates, but his character and attitude are qualities, which help him overcome any physical deficiencies he has.
Forrest played the full 90 minutes of the game against St Mirren last week and he stands a good chance of starting this evening against Partick if he’s trained well and without any issues.