Brendan Rodgers wants James Forrest stay

Celtic's James Forrest

West Bromwich Albion, Crystal Palace, Norwich City and Queens Park Rangers have been linked with Celtic’s James Forrest.

Heart of Midlothian's Miguel Pallardo (R) in action with Celtic's James Forrest

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has told The Scottish Sun that James Forrest has a future at the club.

Forrest’s current contract with Celtic runs out later this year, and midway through the 2015-16 campaign, talks over a new deal broke down.

Ronny Deila, then in charge of the Bhoys, claimed in February that the 24-year-old right-winger had rejected the club's offer of a new four-year contract, as reported by The Glasgow Evening Times at the time.

Ross County's Richard Foster (R) in action with Celtic's James Forrest

That raised speculation on the future of the Scotland international, with reports linking Forrest will a move away from Celtic Park this summer.

The Daily Record credited West Bromwich Albion with interest in the Celtic winger, while The Scottish Sun claimed that Crystal Palace, Norwich City and Queens Park Rangers are monitoring him.

Rodgers has now stated that Forrest does have a future at Celtic, and that he would remain part of his team for the first half of the 2016-17 campaign.

Celtic's James Forrest (R) celebrates scoring their third goal against Aberdeen with Mikael Lustig (L)

“James is a talent,” Rodgers told The Scottish Sun about Forrest. “He’s gone off the radar in the last couple of years from where he was at. Hopefully in the next six months he can get back on track and see Celtic as the club for him.

“Does he have a future here? Very much so. His contract is up in December and he’s one I am looking forward to analysing.”

“I hope over the next six months James sees his future at the club,” added the former Liverpool manager. “Like with every player, we want them to be here and play for Celtic. But if they don’t want to be here? That’s absolutely fine.”

Celtic won the Scottish Premiership title last season, and the Hoops will be favourites to clinch the championship yet again during the 2016-17 campaign.

Celtic's James Forrest (R) celebrates scoring their third goal against Aberdeen with Mikael Lustig (L)

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