Celtic winger plays down speculation over future – ‘I just want to stay as long as I can’

Celtic winger James Forrest has confirmed that he has no intention of leaving the club anytime soon.

However, the winger admitted that he was tempted to part company with the Glasgow giants two years ago when he had six months left on his contract.

Forrest has been on Celtic’s books since 2002 having come through the youth ranks at the club.

“Have I ever been tempted to leave? No. I think a couple of years ago I had six months left on my contract – that was the closest I came,” he told The Herald

“There was uncertainty, but I always wanted to stay. Because I’ve come through the club, I understand the pressure, love the big games, I always wanted that. I just want to stay as long as I can.”

However, Forrest remains linked with a move away from Celtic in the summer transfer window. According to The Times, the Scottish Premiership club are bracing themselves for a bid from Brendan Rodgers’s Leicester City with the winger valued at £10 million.

The new Foxes boss was in charge of the Hoops from the summer of 2016 until February 2019 and knows Forrest well.

The 27-year-old is one of the best wingers in the Scottish Premiership, and the Scotland international recently won the PFA Scotland Player of the Year award.

Forrest has scored 17 goals and provided 20 assists in all competitions for the Bhoys this season, underlining how important he is to their cause.

Celtic are a massive club and regularly win titles in Scotland, and it does not make much sense for him to leave the Hoops, particularly as he is an established first-team starter and popular among the Celtic Park faithful.

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