Why 23-year-old Celtic star's future at Parkhead could be in doubt

Celtic winger James Forrest has not lived up to his potential at Parkhead so far.

Celtic winger James Forrest has gone from the side's major hope for the future to a player whose own future at Parkhead is now in doubt.

Forrest was expected to develop into a major talent, with his performances as a youngster suggesting that he had the natural ability to be one of the most exciting players Celtic have produced for some time.

The winger had pace, skill and remarkable touch, and he looked to have all the raw skills needed to be a threat even against the very best.

As a fleet-footed teenager there was much excitement about Forrest's future in the game, but there are concerns whether he has the quality to stay at Celtic for much longer starting to emerge.

Forrest is now 23-years-old, and he has not progressed to become the star he was supposed to be, with his displays this season raising concerns about his attitude.

Forrest has not shown as much desire on the pitch as many of his other teammates, while the flaws in his game as a youngster still remain.

The jinking winger still remains a direct threat, but his lack of end product has become frustrating and his play is starting to look predictable.

Oppositios defences are finding him too easy to deal with and frustrations are growing about the academy graduate's slow progress.

Part of the reason for this isn't Forrest's fault. He has spent longer on the treatment table than most other players, with his persistent struggles for fitness meaning that his first-team opportunities have been rather stop-start.

However, there is currently no excuse for his lack of application on the pitch and Celtic's transfer business suggests that even manager Ronny Deila has become frustrated.

Deila was full of praise for Forest when he first arrived at Parkhead, but he has recently signed Gary Mackay-Steven and the former Dundee United man has blocked Forrest's path to the first-team even more.

Forrest has made just 10 starts this season, and it has now reached the point where if the Bhoys did decide to cash-in on him it would not be entirely surprising. 

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