Celtic have been handed a major double injury boost ahead of their Scottish Cup final against Hearts next weekend, with both James Forrest and Mikael Lustig expected to be fit, the Daily Record report.
PFA Scottish Premiership Player of the Year Forrest missed Celtic’s Glasgow Derby defeat to Rangers last weekend, with the 27-year-old suffering from a tight hamstring.
Lustig also suffered a recurrence of a hamstring injury against Rangers and was forced off after 44 minutes.
However, according to the report, the Swede’s issue is not as serious as first feared and the right-back should be back in contention for May 25.
Meanwhile, Forrest, talking to the media, also gave a promising update on his condition, admitting he could even feature in the Hoops’ final league game against Hearts this Sunday.
I’ve not really spoken to the medical staff yet but I should be fine for the Final.
It’s still early and I’m taking it day by day. We have the final Premiership game against Hearts on Sunday, so I’m not ruling out being involved in that.
My hamstring was just a little tight after the title win at Aberdeen so the manager didn’t want to risk it or push me and we’ll see what happens in the next few days.
Like I say I’m not giving up hope on playing this weekend.
When you play so many games it’s only natural you’re going to feel aches and pains but we have a great staff here and they help you to look after yourself.
A win would earn Celtic a historic domestic ‘treble treble’, and it appears as if Neil Lennon will have both players available for the crucial end of season clash.
Forrest and Lustig's Celtic careers in numbers
Forrest has turned out 214 times in the league, 41 times in domestic cup competitions and 82 times in Europe, taking his total to 337.
Meanwhile, Lustig has made 160 Scottish Premiership appearances, 34 domestic cup competition appearances and 90 European appearances, taking his total to 284.
Forrest has scored a total of 69 Celtic goals. 47 have come in the league, with the remaining 22 coming in both domestic and European competitions.
Lustig has an impressive 22 goals from right-back.
Forrest has claimed 16 major honours with the Hoops, compared to Lustig’s 15.
Lustig has received more cards than Forrest. The Swede has 34 bookings to his name, along with one red card.
Meanwhile, Forrest has received his marching orders twice during his Celtic career, along with 15 bookings.