James Forrest calls for Celtic response


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James Forrest has demanded an immediate response from Celtic after they suffered a surprise 1-0 defeat at the hands of Kilmarnock on Saturday.

The Bhoys were beaten for just the second time by Scottish opposition under the management of Brendan Rodgers, with Youssouf Mulumbu grabbing the winner for Killie on the artificial surface at Rugby Park.

With important matches to come against Partick Thistle in the Scottish Cup and Zenit Saint Petersburg in the Europa League, Forrest knows how important it is for his side to bounce back from that setback.

“We need to make sure we get into the next round of the Cup and then it’s the European game after that,” the Scotland international said.

“There are big games coming up and we have to try and turn it around.”

Dedryck Boyata and Kristoffer Ajer were forced off with injuries during the first half of Saturday’s contest, but Forrest insists Celtic have enough strength and depth within their squad to cope and he does not think the injuries can be used as an excuse for the defeat.

“The squad we have is massive and a few boys have to come back this week. We have strength in depth and we can cope with the injuries,” the 26-year-old added.

“I don’t think the defeat at Kilmarnock was anything to do with injuries. Overall, we can’t blame individuals, collectively we weren’t good enough.”

Celtic remain eight points clear at the top of the Scottish Premiership standings despite Saturday’s defeat and they are next in league action when they host to St Johnstone on February 18.

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