Is Deila placing too much faith in Celtic's James Forrest?

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Celtic manager Ronny Deila says that he wants to build his side around James Forrest's talents.

Celtic manager Ronny Deila has suggested that he will build his side around James Forrest in the Daily Mail, but he could be placing too much faith in the tricky winger.

Forrest was named as part of a group of four players - which also included Virgil van Dijk, Stefan Johansen and Nir Bitton - that Deila was looking to make the core of his squad, but it could be a mistake.

Although Forrest is a raw talent who offers something different to anyone else in the Celtic squad, it is difficult to rely on him.

The 23-year-old has never developed into the player that Celtic hoped he would as a youngster and a major reason behind this is his record with injury.

Forrest has struggled to stay off the treatment table throughout his Bhoys career and it is simply impossible to build a team around a player who has such struggles to stay fit.

Forrest burst on to the scene as a jinking winger, but he has never really added an end product to his game and he remains a player with unfulfilled potential. 

At the moment, his performances can be brilliant or anonymous and Forrest has had to face criticism for his inconsistency this season. The attacker is reaching an age where he can no longer be considered a youngster and he needs to start showing signs of progress. 

It means that Deila's faith may be somewhat misplaced and he will need to ensure that there is a back-up plan in place in case Forrest does continue to struggle with injury. 

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