Celtic winger James Forrest’s future was secured only 11 days ago, and he’s once again reaffirmed his commitment to the Parkhead cause.
Forrest signed a new four-year contract at the tail-end of October (Celticfc.net). It came after a simply stunning start to the season. As it stands, the Scotland international has bagged an incredible 11 goals and 12 assists this season. It’s his best-ever start to a season since he came into the senior side back in 2010 (Transfermarkt).
He proved his worth to the club as recently as Thursday night. When Celtic needed him most in Lazio, he popped up with a bullet of an equaliser to haul us back into the game. Moments like that are what make him a popular figure amongst the Celtic fanbase.
And as he spoke to the Celtic View (Volume 55, Issue 18, Page 12), Forrest hinted that he could be open to staying at Parkhead for the rest of his career.
He said: “It’s very rare for that to happen (being a one-club man). I realise how big a club Celtic is, and as you get older, you realise that the support is unbelievable, and the pressure in every game just keeps you going as well.
“I love it here, and I’ve always stated before that I’m going to try my hardest to be here for as long as I can.”
Forrest has no eyes on departing anytime soon
New contracts these days don’t mean much when it comes to player-departures. If they’re tied down, it still doesn’t stop big bidders coming in. It also doesn’t stop player-pressure from occurring either for when that big offer does arrive.
But in Forrest, we have a player who doesn’t appear to have an eye on leaving the club. He gives off a different vibe. Whereas the likes of Odsonne Edouard and Olivier Ntcham may have their sights set on bigger things, this seems to be Forrest’s utopia.
His contribution to Celtic has been invaluable this term. In truth, it’s been invaluable to the club over a number of years. His place in Parkhead folklore has been secured.
Neil Lennon has also proven in his selections that Forrest is a player who can’t be dropped. This season alone, Lennon has played Jimmy in all but two matches. He’s featured in every single Premiership game and 11 of our 12 European matches too.
Forrest is Lennon’s big-game player. He’ll start every time we have a game of any real importance. Considering the contribution he makes to the club, a price can’t be put on his head.
Fortunately, it doesn’t look as though Celtic will ever need to come up with one either.