James Forrest plays down injury fears


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Celtic star James Forrest is confident he will be fit for the Scottish Cup final on May 25 and says he may be involved against Hearts on Sunday.

The Bhoys host Hearts in the final round of Premiership fixtures this weekend and then take on the Edinburgh club next weekend in the cup final.

Celtic are 1.30 to beat Hearts on Sunday and 2.80 with a -2 handicap. A win for Hearts is 9.00 and a draw can be backed at 5.50.

Forrest missed the defeat at Rangers last weekend with a hamstring problem, but he has moved to dismiss any fears he could miss the Scottish Cup final.

“It’s still early at the moment and I’m just taking it day by day. We have the final Premiership game against Hearts on Sunday so I’m not ruling out being involved in that one,” said Forrest, as reported by the Scotsman.

“I should be fine for the final and I’m not giving up hope of playing this weekend.

“My hamstring was just a little tight after the title win at Aberdeen so the manager [Neil Lennon] didn’t want to risk it or push me so we’ll see what happens in the next few days.”

Forrest admits the loss at Ibrox was disappointing, but he feels the defeat serves as a timely reminder that Celtic need to keep improving if they are to remain as the dominant force in Scotland.

He added: “That defeat has given us a wee shock and a reminder that we need to be at it all the time if we’re going to keep winning cups and titles.”

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