It has been ten years ago now, on Saturday, May 1, 2010, that James Forrest pulled the white and green Hoops for the very first time. That he’s gone on to perform that in 395 occasions is a testament to his skill as a footballer.
He marked his debut as an 18-year-old using a target, along with also his tally for the club stands at 88. Only 12 more goals will probably see him become no more than the 30th player in the club’s long and illustrious history to reach a century of goals for Celtic, which will signify another unbelievable achievement.
In marking the introduction of a modern-day Celtic great, the official club site looks back in the Forrest years, with a highlight for every single calendar year, beginning with that afternoon in May 2010.
There were just nine minutes of this game against Motherwell in Celtic Park staying when Youth Academy graduate, James Forrest, was awarded his first-team introduction by Neil Lennon. In six minutes of arrival, Forrest had scored his debut goal, which makes an already special day much larger.
Yet more, Forrest arrived at the 81st minute with the Hoops top 2-0, and even though he would not get on the scoresheet, he was delighted to watch Charlie Mulgrew fire home a goal in the 88th minute to place the seal on which was likewise Neil Lennon’s first piece of silverware as Celtic manager.
This was not the conclusion of league victory for Celtic and James Forrest, nevertheless. This was just the start.
Since Champions League qualifiers proceed, there were few as exciting, nerve-wracking, and, finally, happy since the tie against Kazakhstani side, Shakhter Karagandy on August 28, 2013. Celtic trailed 2-0 in the first leg goals both sides of half-time out of Kris Commons and Georgios Samaras levelled the aggregate scoreline. And as the game was going towards extra-time, James Forrest popped up using an injury-time winner, shooting home in an Anthony Stokes cutback to place Paradise to raptures and the team to the group stages of the Champions League.
James Forrest played one of the strangest European matches Celtic have experienced in the past few decades when a 2-0 defeat a rugby scene turned into a 3-0 victory and a spot in another qualifying round of the Champions League. Having lost 4-1 at Poland into Legia Warsaw, the Hoops, currently handled by Ronny Deila, faced a challenging second leg, with the game being played at Murrayfield because of Celtic Park was utilized for its introduction and closing ceremonies of the Commonwealth Games. At the night, Celtic lost 2-0, seemingly crashing from the competition. But it was that Legia has played one of the replacements, so the outcome was set aside, Celtic were awarded a 3-0 win and moved through on the away goals rule!
The Hoops were leading via a first-half Kris Commons target before Forrest, on as a replacement, struck by 11 minutes of the game remaining. It had been a fellow replacement, John Guidetti, that put the ball back into the path of Forrest on the border of the box, and then he fired home a right-foot shot for what had been his first victory in the contest.
James Forrest scored the first league goal of this 2016/17 year in what could prove to be a historical one for the club, together with Brendan Rodgers currently accountable, as they secured their first national treble in 16 years since invincible, staying unbeaten in all three national rivals. Forrest’s goal in the 2-1 opening day win against Hearts at Tynecastle arrived after only eight minutes, curling home a beautiful left-foot shot in the edge of the box after mixing nicely with Callum McGregor down the side.
The first leg had ended 0-0 in Celtic Park, to the Hoops face a challenging visit to Norway. After he fed the ball out to Forrest, he was able to jink beyond a Rosenborg protector and smashed an unstoppable shot from the bar and into the internet.
It was on April 29, 2018 who Celtic closed their seventh successive league name, and they did so in fashion, thrashing Rangers 5-0 in Paradise in what was a memorable afternoon to the Hoops. Odsonne Edouard had scored two before James Forrest scored on the stroke of half-time for what had been his first goal at the Glasgow derby. And while it was a memorable moment to the participant, the target will be eternally remembered for Mikael Lustig’s famed celebration, at which the Swedish protector ended up wearing a policeman’s hat.
Only 24 hours after Neil Lennon returned to Celtic as boss after Brendan Rodgers’ death, the Hoops confronted a challenging visit to Tynecastle, and James Forrest place Celtic about the way into a vital few points with a target on 36 minutes. The aim was a course counter-attacking move. The ball dropped to Ewan Henderson on the edge of the Celtic region, along with the young midfielder played with a fantastic pass to Scott Sinclair who hurried down the left flank.
He was also at the side which beat St Mirren 5-0 at him what was the previous fixture before the present postponement, which impressive triumph cemented the controlling 13-point direct that Neil Lennon’s side like on peak of the Premiership with only eight matches remaining.