Celtic manager Ronny Deila allays James Forrest injury fears

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Celtic manager Ronny Deila expects that James Forrest will be able to train on Tuesday even though he was substituted in the closing stages of Sunday’s 4-1 win at Ross County with cramp.

The Bhoys, who have won 11 of their 14 Scottish Premiership games to date this season, are six points clear at the top of the table thanks to a Leigh Griffiths brace and further goals by Tom Rogic and Nir Britton in Dingwall.

There were concerns that Forrest had suffered an injury when he had to be withdrawn, but Deila was quick to quash those suggestions after the match, confirming the 24-year-old had been struggling with cramp, and adding: “Second half, he was showing what he’s able to do.”

Deila was particularly impressed with Rogic, who is set to link up with his Australia team-mates this week for their games with Kyrgyzstan and Bangladesh.

The Celtic boss said of the 22-year-old: “He’s getting better and better. The first year I was here, he was injured. Now he’s been injury-free for four, five months.

“He has wonderful technique, good understanding and he’s a creator. He needs more physique but that will come through more games and training.”

Rogic has scored four goals in 23 league games for Celtic following his £400,000 transfer from Central Coast Mariners in January 2013 and was loaned out to A-League side Melbourne Victory in the first half of 2014.

Celtic, who were beaten by Molde in the Europa League last week, are 1.01 to win the Scottish Premiership outright this season, while Aberdeen can be backed at 26.00.

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