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  • James Forrest: New faces always give the dressing room a boost

    James Forrest: New faces always give the dressing room a boost

    By: Joe Donnelly on 08 Jan, 2019 16:01

  • THE Hoops are hard at work this week at their mid-season training camp in Dubai. New faces Oliver Burke and Timothy Weah have joined up with the squad, which is something James Forrest believes is great for team morale.  

    Speaking to Celtic TV, the 27-year-old winger hailed both the benefits of training in a warm climate at this time of the year, and the prospect of competition for places in Brendan Rodgers’ starting XI.  

    “I think the mid-season training camp is really good for the full squad, and the whole set-up has worked really well for the last two years,” he said. “The fact that it’s something different, you come out and train in the heat for a week, and it gives everyone a boost to take back to Scotland for the second-half of the season.

    “Seeing new faces come in at this point in the season is always refreshing for the dressing room. Celtic is a massive club, and we’re always looking to better the squad and better the team. Competition for places helps everyone, and gives the manager a lot of decisions to make with regards to picking the team.”

    Having played alongside new Bhoy Oliver Burke in various Scotland squads, Forrest praised the young winger’s career to date, and is confident he can help the Scottish champions push for more silverware in the second half of the season.

    Ahead of the winter break, the Hoops clinched top spot in the SPFL table, and with a game in hand, successfully defended the League Cup, and secured their place in the last 32 of the Europa League. To this end, Forrest reckons he and his team-mates have much to look forward to in the coming months, and is keen to continue pushing his own game as far as he can.  

    “I’ve worked hard every season and have always tried to up my game,” he said. “This season, I feel like I’ve went a step better again, and I’m really enjoying it and want to keep playing as many games as I can, and keep contributing to the team.

    “Coming out here, training in the heat, it’s great for our fitness levels, and getting back to peak performance after a short break. We’re doing harder sessions than we might do back home, and then when you add the heat in, that takes it to another level. Once we go back, everyone is in a position to benefit from the hard work we put in here.”

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