James Forrest was identified as close contact with a positive Covid-19 case at Celtic. Forrest sat out most of last season after he suffered an ankle injury. He returned from injury during the end of the season and made a brief cameo at Euro 2020 for Scotland. He was a notable absentee from the training camp being held in Wales. The club later released a statement for the absence of James Forrest at the Celtic training camp. Celtic defender Christopher Julian also stayed back in Scotland while he recovers from a long-term knee injury.
Celtic start their season with closed doors friendly against Sheffield Wednesday. Celtics’ new signing Liam Shaw revealed that he was eager to make his debut against his former club. He has signed a four-year contract with the club.
“Hopefully I play well and show the gaffer what I’m about,” Shaw said. “It’s going to be weird, to be honest, first game Celtic play against Sheffield Wednesday. But it’s also going to be just like any other game, when you show on the pitch you don’t think about anything, you just think about winning. I’m looking forward to it.”
“I obviously know all the lads really well and they know how I play. But it will be nice to see a few familiar faces,” he added. “I’ll just go in and give it 100 percent and see how it goes. I reckon it will be a tough game, it won’t be easy at all. They’ve got a lot of good players still there. But we’ve got to play our football and play how we want to play and not worry about any other team.”
New coach Ange Postecoglou is looking to refresh the squad after a disastrous campaign last season. Celtic failed to win a single trophy and relinquished the league title to their Old Firm rivals for the first time in a decade.