James Forrest will be given up until the last minute to be declared fit to face Rangers.

The winger was substituted after going down injured in the second half of the 6-0 win over Livingston but has recovered well.

Forrest had only just returned from a long-term injury suffered in a European qualifier at the start of the season and there were fears he may miss Sunday's fourth round Scottish Cup tie at Ibrox.

But interim Hoops boss John Kennedy has revealed the Scotland star is progressing well and will be given every possible opportunity to make the starting XI.

He said: "He’s came on reasonably well in the week.

"We got a bit of work into him yesterday and he had a down day today just to recover. We’ll have a go at him tomorrow to see where he’s at.

"It’ll be a very late call but just in the position we are in, the magnitude of the game we’ll give it as long as we can and make our decision late on that."

John Kennedy during his Celtic vs Livingston press conference
John Kennedy during his Celtic vs Livingston press conference

The Croatian full-back wasn't happy and branded the claims "a joke".

"People go and make a story and a headline out of it taking the comment out of context.

"I was referring to the cup game and on our day we can still be the best performing team in the country because we have that level in us. So that's purely what it is.

"Several times in the last few weeks I have commented on Rangers thoroughly deserving to win the league because they have been the most consistent team.

"They have racked up the most points and been the most consistent with their performances.

"I have shown full respect to Rangers for what they have done.

"I'm entitled to say that on any given day, especially going into a cup tie against Rangers that I fancy us, on our day, to come out on top.

"And some people take a small part of that statement and twist it to suit their narrative. That's careless for me.

"To bring a bit of clarity to that, Rangers deserve to be the champions this season because they have been more consistent than us but come the cup game if we hit top gear and perform well, I fancy us to go and win the game."