Celtic forward Forrest shares personal Rodgers message; comments on future

Celtic's James Forrest

Celtic’s James Forrest is looking forward to a long-term future at the club.

Celtic's James Forrest

Celtic’s James Forrest has told reporters how boss Brendan Rodgers gave him a vote of confidence in the summer amid plenty of speculation over his future at the club, Herald Scotland report.

The 25-year-old is a Celtic academy product, coming up through the youth ranks and going on to make over 100 appearances for the Hoops since making his debut in the 2009-10 season.

However, questions were raised over his future at the end of last summer as an injury-hit campaign resulted in just 16 league appearances under former boss Ronny Delia.

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

Many felt Forrest’s time at Celtic Park was drawing to a close, yet a vote of confidence from newly-appointed boss Rodgers gave the player a lift as he tells reporters of his relief at now signing a new deal.

“He (Rodgers) phoned me in the off season and said he’d seen me play before and liked the way I’d played. We’ve a top class manager here as well. When he came in everyone had a clean slate. I’m impressed (with him) so far and just want to keep going,” Forrest told Herald Scotland.

On his contract, he added: “Nothing’s ever changed for me. I’ve always said I wanted to stay here. I’ve been here since I was nine and never wanted to leave. I made the club know that straight away.”

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

Forrest can play in a number of positions in the final third, and thus far under Rodgers he has supported striker Leigh Griffiths in a position either side offering great width.

He has made an excellent start in the Scottish Premiership, firing Celtic ahead as they defeated fellow challengers Hearts 2-1 last weekend at Tynecastle.

Forrest will have a number of exciting players such as Scott Sinclair and Moussa Dembele for competition, and now it will be to him to prove to Rodgers he deserves to be a Celtic regular.

General view of Celtic Park

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