James Forrest says Hearts ace Steven Naismith could really hurt Celtic

7th October 2018, McDiarmid Park, Perth, Scotland; Ladbrokes Premiership football, St Johnstone versus Celtic; James Forrest of Celtic holds up the match ball and 4 fingers after his 4...

Hearts and Celtic square off today in the semi-final of the Betfred Cup.

James Forrest of Celtic celebrates his goal with Callum McGregor during the Betfred Cup Final at Hampden Park on November 26, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Celtic ace James Forrest spoke exclusively to the Scottish Herald ahead of his side's Betfred Cup clash with Hearts at Murrayfield today, and warned his teammates of the threat that Steven Naismith will pose.

Hearts have begun this season in fine fashion, and currently sit five points clear at the top of the Scottish Premiership table, having taken 25 points from their opening 10 league outings.

 

Celtic, meanwhile, have made an inauspicious start to their 2018/19 campaign, and currently sit six points behind Hearts, although they do have a game in hand over the Edinburgh outfit.

Today's clash will represent a fantastic opportunity for both teams to gain a real psychological advantage over the other.

The Hoops head into the game as favourites, but Forrest warned his teammates of the threat that will undoubtedly be posed by Hearts forward Steven Naismith, as quoted by the Scottish Herald:

Steven Naismith of Scotland during the International Friendly match between Scotland and Portugal at Hampden Park, Glasgow, Scotland on October 14, 2018 in Glasgow, United Kingdom.

“When I first went in with Scotland, there were a lot of big characters there. As a young boy, that helped. I can see how his (Naismith's) presence has helped Hearts as well. He is always working hard and he is always wanting to win. Everyone shows it in different ways and that is the type of player he is. He has got success from that and he is definitely going to be one to watch. He will be a danger player for them.”

The game kicks off at 13:30, and can be seen exclusively live on BT Sport 1.

11th August 2018, Tynecastle Park, Edinburgh, Scotland; Ladbrokes Premiership football, Heart of Midlothian versus Celtic; Brendan Rodgers greets Craig Levein before the game

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