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Celtic boss Ronny Deila content to take it easy with Forrest

By Ronnie Esplin

Ronny Deila continues to keep faith in injury-jinxed James Forrest as the Celtic winger prepares to make his latest comeback.

The 23-year-old has suffered from various ailments since making his debut as substitute - and scoring - in a 4-0 win over Motherwell on May 1, 2010.

Forrest's undoubted talents have won him international recognition with Scotland but, since taking over from Neil Lennon in the summer, Deila has still to see the best of the player who has made 10 appearances in 10 months.

A knock picked up in the recent 2-1 defeat by Dundee United at Tannadice meant he missed the goalless draw against Ross County on Saturday.

However, Forrest will return to the squad for the trip to Partick Thistle on New Year's Day, and the Celtic boss explained why he is nursing the player back to full fitness.

Deila said: "He is a special boy that we need to take more care of, more than a lot of the others because he has been out for a long time.

"Now he has been injury-free for two months. He got this little one (injury) but it is nothing serious. So this is going very well.

"We want quick steps but we have to be careful."

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