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Why James Forrest is playing for his Celtic future this season

Celtic midfielder James Forrest is arguably playing for his future at the club over the next year.

Celtic manager Ronny Deila is under pressure over the course of the next year to guide the club to progression from the domestic double they achieved in his first season at Parkhead.

He’s a manager who is proactive in terms of the way he manages his squad, constantly looking at each player in each position and what they could do better.

He’s going to draw some conclusions over the next year before deciding who moves on and who stays part of his plans for the future, as Celtic look to protect their position as the biggest club in Scotland and one of the biggest in the UK.

Celtic winger James Forrest is one player at Parkhead who could be playing for his future at the club over the course of the next season.

Forrest is now at a point in his career where he can’t call himself young in a football sense at 24-years-old.

He’s one player in the current squad at a stage in his career where he needs to be playing regularly, as he’s free of injury and looking to develop into a more advanced and more complete player.

Deila will be wary of the fitness issues he’s had in the past, which suggest that, now he’s not carrying a serious long term problem, he deserves a fair chance to show what he can do in the green and white colours.

Deila could choose to move him on before the end of the current transfer window, but to do so would likely result in a low fee for a player who could be useful as a squad option over the next ten to eleven months.

If he plays out of his skin and becomes a regular starter, the Bhoys then have a chance to look at his contract and potentially putting him on a better deal.

The real test and measure will be the consistency he can show. If he can study his game, Celtic’s tactics and the opposition, improving his understanding of position and where he can help his teammates then he may have a chance at staying beyond this year.

If he doesn’t tick the boxes that he’s set himself and the targets the manager has set him, then Deila may well choose to move on at the end of the coming campaign.

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