James Forrest explains what made him stay at Celtic

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

James Forrest signed a new three year-deal with Celtic on Wednesday.

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

James Forrest, as quoted by the Celtic’s official website, revealed he changed his decision to quit Celtic after a pep talk from Brendan Rodgers.

The winger had intended to leave on a free transfer after being unhappy with the first offer from former boss Ronny Deila.

However, the club announced on Wednesday he signed a contract that will keep at Parkhead until 2019.

New Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers is presented to the fans after the press conference

Brendan Rodgers has given Forrest every chance to prove himself ever since he took over the reigns in May, and the Northern Irishman’s faith has had a huge say in the player’s future.

“From day one it’s been really positive and the manager’s had a good impact on all the boys,” he told Celtic’s official website.

“I had a chat with the manager in the off-season and as soon as we came back in pre-season, and he just said, ‘show me what you’ve got.’ I made it clear that I wanted to stay here and I’m just glad it’s done now and I can focus on playing.”

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

With Patrick Roberts and Scott Sinclair the two favourites to secure the role of the first choice wingers, competition for places is finally heating up under Rodgers.

Though, Forrest played his best game in the hoops for a long time against Heart of Midlothian on the opening day of the season last Sunday and continued to impress in his side’s 5-0 thumping of Motherwell last night in the Betfred Cup.

Remain on form and Rodgers will find it hard to push Forrest out the starting eleven.

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