“I’d like to stay here for the rest of my career,” another Celtic Star here for Ten in a Row

FIRST it was Broony. Then Scotty Sinclair. Then Mikael Lustig and on Friday it was Leigh Griffiths. One by one the Celtic Stars are lining up to declare themselves to be here for ten in a row.

This morning it is James Forrest’s turn. In fact the Prestwick Pele never wants to leave Celtic, the only club he has ever played for and the only one he wants to play for.

“I’d like to stay here for the rest of my career because I’ve only ever played for Celtic. Hopefully that will happen,” Jamesy said.

“It’s strange to even think about playing for any other club. I’ve been here since I was nine.

“Thinking about something else is weird. So hopefully I’ll stay here and be successful.”

The winger was often injured or struggling for form when Ronny Deila was the Celtic boss and as his contract with the club neared its end it looked at that stage that he was unlikely to be offered a new deal. Then Brendan arrived and that all changed for the player who is still only 26.

“When the manager first came in, that was the closest I’ve probably been to leaving. I was down to the last six months of my contract. But I always made it clear that I wanted to stay.

“Thankfully the manager told me to have a good pre-season and we’d get it done. When we got it signed I was delighted. Of all the contracts I’ve signed at Celtic, that’s the one I was most buzzing about.

“I knew I wanted to stay. There was never really any interest from other clubs. But in my head, whatever I might have heard, I wanted to stay. I wasn’t interested in anything else.

“And when I signed, I didn’t look back. It’s been a good season for me personally. I’ve kicked on and it’s been really positive.”

Yesterday Celtic captain urged everyone NOT to vote for him in the various Player of the Year awards but instead to vote for James Forrest. You can read that HERE.

Forrest is flattered that he is being quoted this time around.

“The Player of the Year thing has been brought up and obviously that’s positive. I’d say this has definitely been my best season at Celtic. I’ve hit double figures for goals.

“But I don’t think about that too much, with so many big games coming up. I just want to do my best for the team. I’ll see where that takes me.

“Celtic are a massive club and it’s hard to stay here for a number of years. But other boys here have done well, we’ve been very good collectively.”

“We have six more league games and hopefully two in the Cup as well. The gaffer stressed that a successful season means lots of games.

“Last year was an incredible achievement for everyone at the club. It had never been done before, staying unbeaten for a whole season, especially when all the teams know each other so well and what they are capable of.

“It’s been hard this season but we still feel we’ve had a positive season. It’s going to take us being at our best for the remaining games. I think the standard throughout the league has been higher, especially with Hibs coming up and doing as well as they have.

“It’s been a really competitive league and you can see that in the results. Even Dundee, they came here on Wednesday and played really well against us and that’s not the first time they’ve done that this season. I’m surprised they are down near the bottom of the table.

“It just shows we need to be at it. It’s always the same at Celtic.

Forrest knows that there has been disquiet at the side not scoring in two tor three recent matches.

“Teams have been making it harder for us to break them down,” Forrest admitted.

“We just need to create and take our chances. A lot gets made of the Hamilton pitch but we have been there and won a few times so we know what it takes.

“I don’t think anyone looks forward to going there but it’s something we need to do.

“It’s the same at Kilmarnock. It’s hard but there are no excuses.”

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