Chris Sutton shares his strong opinion on James Forrest

Chris Sutton - Celtic dejected

Chris Sutton speaks highly of Celtic winger James Forrest.

Celtic's James Forrest

Chris Sutton has praised Celtic winger James Forrest in The Daily Record.

The former Celtic striker has underlined the importance of the 25-year-old for the Scottish Premiership champions.

“The decision to put on James Forrest was also a good call,” Sutton wrote in The Daily Record. “Forrest might not be everyone’s cup of tea but he’s a ball carrier and although his final pass might not always come off, he gets his side up the pitch.”

Chris Sutton - Glasgow Celtic

Sutton made the comments about Forrest following Celtic’s game against FC Astana on Wednesday evening.

The Scottish Premiership champions played out a 1-1 draw with Astana away from home at the Astana Arena in Astana, Kazakhstan.

It was the first leg of the Champions League qualifying third-round tie between the two sides.

Forrest did not start the contest, but came on as a substitute in the 72nd minute.

Chris Sutton - Celtic dejected

Interestingly, the winger has been linked with moves away from Celtic in the summer transfer window.

Forrest’s current contract with the Bhoys 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 Hoops, claimed in February that the 25-year-old had rejected the club's offer of a new four-year contract, as reported by The Glasgow Evening Times at the time.

That raised speculation on the future of the Scotland international, with reports linking Forrest will moves 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 were monitoring him.

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

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