Paul Slane praises Celtic winger James Forrest

Scott Brown of Celtic congratulates James Forrest of Celtic after he scores the first goal during the Scottish Cup semi-final between Aberdeen and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 14, 2019...

Paul Slane suggests that Celtic winger James Forrest would not have missed the chance that Barcelona forward Ousmane Dembele did against Liverpool in the Champions League this season.

James Forrest of Celtic looks on before the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Aberdeen and Celtic at Pittodrie Stadium on May 04, 2019 in Aberdeen, Scotland.

Paul Slane has suggested on Open Goal that Celtic winger James Forrest is good enough to play for Barcelona.

The 27-year-old former Celtic midfielder believes that Forrest could leave the Hoops in the summer transfer window and play for any club in the world.


Slane has also suggested that the 27-year-old Scotland international winger is good enough to replace Ousmane Dembele at Barcelona.


The 22-year-old France international forward missed a glorious chance to make it 4-0 to Barcelona in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final tie against Liverpool at Anfield this month.

That miss came back to haunt the Spanish and European giants, as Liverpool won the second led 4-0 at Anfield to progress to the final 4-3 on aggregate.

Dembele, who had had injury problems over the past two years, has been on the books of Barcelona since the summer of 2017 when he joined from German club Borussia Dortmund for an initial transfer fee reported by BBC Sport to be worth £96.8 million.

17th March 2019, Dens Park, Dundee, Scotland; Ladbrokes Premiership football, Dundee versus Celtic; Nathan Ralph of Dundee challenges for the ball with James Forrest of Celtic

Slane said about Forrest on Open Goal: “I am petrified because I don’t think he is going to be here. He is going to be at one of the biggest clubs in the world next season.

"I think that if he is, you know name, Barcelona 4-0 v Liverpool, who is playing it there? Dembele? An embarrassment playing with Barcelona. I would say Forrest could go to any club, he is that good.”

Ousmane Dembele of FC Barcelona looks on during the UEFA Champions League Semifinal match between FC Barcelona and FC Liverpool at Camp Nou on May 01, 2019 in Barcelona, Spain.

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