Celtic winger James Forrest has admitted taking a confidence boost from FC Zenit’s reported interest in him but is entirely focused on the Hoops, The Evening Times report.

The Scottish Sun reported last month that the big spending Russians were keen on a move for the attacker. They reckoned that the club were willing to pay as much as £12m for his signature.

Clearly nothing has come from the interest, but the Hoops man does enjoy being a coveted man, even if he has no intention of leaving Celtic Park.

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As quoted by The Evening Times, Forrest said of it all: “I got a wee bit of confidence from that [Zenit interest], but I’ve always said I love playing at Celtic.

“I’m going to do everything I can to be here for a few more years yet. Celtic is a massive club.”

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At Celtic for life?

With Forrest now 28 and showing no signs of wanting to move anywhere, there is every chance that the attacker stays a one club man and finishes his career at Celtic Park.

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If he’s willing to stay when he is showing this kind of form then there’s little hope for any buying clubs, even if they are willing to spend the huge cash to land him.

Scoring 17 goals in each of the last two seasons he’s emerged as one of our most important players. This season there’s no slowdown either, already netting six and assisting five.

That he is wanted other clubs is a sign of how well he is performing. He’s a continental class player who will have a big say in our fortunes at home and abroad over the coming campaign.

Long may that continue.

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