James Forrest suggests Patrick Roberts has helped raise his game

A general view outside the stadium prior to the UEFA Europa League Group A match between Celtic FC and AFC Ajax at Celtic Park on November 26, 2015 in Glasgow, United Kingdom.

Patrick Roberts joined Celtic on a season-long loan deal from Manchester City in the summer transfer window.

James Forrest of Celtic in action during a Celtic training session ahead of the UEFA Champions League Group B match against Paris Saint-Germain at Lennoxtown on September 11, 2017 in...

Celtic winger James Forrest has suggested to The Scottish Sun that the presence of Patrick Roberts in the squad has helped him to step up his game.

Forrest is playing well for Celtic at the moment and has established himself as an important player in Brendan Rodgers’s side.

Some would have been concerned about the 26-year-old winger’s place in the Hoops team when Roberts returned to Celtic Park in the summer transfer window.

The 20-year-old winger joined Celtic on a season-long loan deal from Premier League club Manchester City in the summer of 2017.

Scotland international winger Forrest has suggested that having Roberts in the team has helped him step up his game.

James Forrest of Celtic in action during the UEFA Champions League Qualifying Second Round, Second Leg match between Celtic and Linfield at Celtic Park Stadium on July 19, 2017 in Glasgow,...

“Competition for places here drives you on — it’s the same with Scotland, not just at Celtic,” Forrest told The Scottish Sun. “There are 27 players and there are maybe four, five or six players who can play in your position.

“At Celtic we have got two or three international players for every position in the team. That keeps you motivated because you know if you don’t kick on there will be another player to come in.

“Patrick came back but he also came in at a time when I was feeling good. It is more competition for places and it drives people on. If you ask everyone they want to play.

“So we all want to make sure we are available for every game and that means we need to be at it in training, too.”

Patrick Roberts of Celtic celebrates after he scores his team's fourth goal  during the Ladbrokes Premiership match between Hearts and Celtic at Tynecastle Stadium on April 2, 2017 in...

Celtic have a strong squad, and competition is fierce for a place in the starting lineup, especially in the midfield and attacking departments.

Forrest has been on the books of Celtic his entire professional club football career so far, and given his performance, he looks set to remain at Celtic Park for many more years to come.

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