Celtic star James Forrest has told the Glasgow Evening Times that he feels every player is facing a huge season under Ronny Deila at Parkhead.
Forrest has explained that he’s feeling stronger than at any point in the last six months, but has brushed off the suggestion that he’s the only player facing a big season with the Bhoys.
“Hopefully, I have come back stronger. I feel that’s what I did in the last six months and now I just want to continue like that,” he told the Glasgow Evening Times.
“Do I see this as a defining season for me to really make a mark? I think it is like that for every player in every season.”
“No-one can rest on what they have done in the past. You have to be ready for the new season.”
Is Forrest under pressure?
Celtic have stuck by Forrest through a difficult spell in his career when other clubs may not have shown the same loyalty, potentially moving him on.
He’s clearly rated by Deila and that creates a pressure for him to justify that faith when the competitive action returns for the club.
He’ll have to deal with that alongside the general pressure of representing such a massive football club, where there is always a heavy expectation for success on multiple fronts.
Deila will be pleased with his comments
Deila will be pleased with his comments because they create a knock on effect for the rest of the Celtic squad.
His comments suggest that everyone at the club will be slightly on edge and taking nothing for granted, which guards against complacency and the possibility of some disappointing early results, which the boss would naturally prefer to avoid.