Forrest relishing Aberdeen test

Celtic winger glad to be back in action

James Forrest: Celtic winger looking forward to Aberdeen clash

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Celtic winger James Forrest is hoping for a positive start to their Scottish Premier League campaign at Parkhead on Saturday.

The Hoops host Aberdeen in the opening game of the 2012/13 season and are firm favourites to successfully defend their title.

And 21-year-old Forrest is keen to play his role following his recovery from an ankle injury that he picked up towards the end of last season.

"I'm back to full fitness now and I played most of the games in pre-season so I am feeling good," said Forrest.

"It was obviously a really good season for me and the team, although the last three months wasn't the best for me. But I am over that now and want to get on with the new season.

"We will have the fans behind us on Saturday and hopefully get them the three points.

"Aberdeen are a good team, they gave us a hard game every time we played them last season so it will be the same on Saturday."

Competition

Forrest, though, has dismissed suggestions that winning the SPL title this term will be easier because of the absence of Rangers.

"You can't think like that," he explained. "The league isn't even started yet.

"We are just really focusing on ourselves and we want to make sure we win the league again and get into the Champions League again, that is the most important thing.

"I think there are four or five teams up there who will look to challenge us so I think it will be a competitive league."