Celtic winger James Forrest’s autobiography appears to be bringing him some stick from his team-mates.
The right-wing veteran has recently announced a new book titled “Homegrown Hero”, to be released on December 8th. After making more than 360 appearances for the Celtic first-team over a 10-year period, Jimmy has quite the tale to tell.
The winger told Celtic’s official website that he was initially hesitant to release the book. However, upon further discussions with his family, he decided to go ahead with it.
Celtic boss Neil Lennon can’t get enough of Forrest either. But as he touched on the new book in this week’s Celtic View (Volume 55, Issue 14, Page 06), Lenny admitted his star-man has been getting some stick.
“Jamesy’s been getting a bit of stick about the book from the lads because he’s just so quiet. I remember him as an 18-year-old and his persona hasn’t changed one bit.
“His football is of a really quality standard now, and he’s just been superb. He’s a big-game player and over a long, long period of time at a big club where the expectation levels and the pressure are huge, he just seems to take it all in his stride and get better.
“That’s the key – Jamesy’s getting better, and there’s a maturity now at 18. We feel he’s in his peak years.”
A surely insightful read
The announcement of the book release really seemed to creep up on us right out of the blue. Forrest has been an exceptional talent for Celtic over the last decade, however, and deserves this opportunity.
From his first ever Celtic goal against Motherwell to his latest away to AIK, there must be plenty to tell. Forrest has worked under Lennon, Ronny Deila and Brendan Rodgers during his time in Glasgow. It will be interesting to see how each manager helped, or indeed hindered him.
The book release will also see Celtic make a donation to the Celtic FC Foundation’s Christmas Appeal. This was apparently done at Forrest’s request.
It most likely won’t be too long before the testimonial happens too. Forrest has nearly played for the first-team for exactly 10 years, but also came up through the youth academy. He has seen it all, and no doubt has plenty of interesting body-blows that was given to him throughout his career also.
Forrest’s book comes at a strange time as, you would hope, he still has plenty of years ahead of him at Parkhead. He’s so far been a one-club man, and deserves all of the rewards that provides him as a Celtic great.
When he does retire, we’ll truly see at that point what we’re missing in Jimmy. But for now, it’ll be interesting to see what he has to say in his new autobiography!