James Forrest exit would be an end of an era at Celtic

According to a report on talkSport today, Celtic are willing to listen to offers for club legend James Forrest. If true it could spell the end of an era…

James Forrest is congratulated by teammate Virgil van Dijk after scoring the opening goal during the UEFA Champions League Group match between Celtic and Ajax at Celtic Park Stadium on October 22, 2013 (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

James Forrest made his debut under Neil Lennon in 2010 and has since made 485 appearances scoring 103 goals while also providing over 100 assists for this football club. In that time he’s won an impressive 23 honours. He played a significant role in Celtic’s record equalling nine in a row era, and of course contributed enormously to Celtic’s unprecedented quadruple treble.

Celtic v Hibernian – James Forrest with the matchball Photo Steve Welsh

From Neil Lennon, to Ronny Deila, Brendan Rodgers, Neil Lennon again, Ange Postecoglou, and of course currently back under Brendan Rodgers once again, James Forrest has seen it all, he’s won it all. He’s played in the Champions League, he’s scored in cup finals. He’s scored important Derby goals.  He’s scored hat-tricks, one time he even scored four goals in one game. James Forrest is a modern day Celtic legend.

Celtic v Ross County – cinch Premiership – Celtic Park Celtics Callum McGregor, James Forrest and Celtic goalkeeper Joe Hart arrive with their trophies from last seasons treble winning season ahead of the cinch Premiership match at Celtic Park,  Saturday August 5, 2023. Photo Steve Welsh

A lot of folk sadly won’t agree with that, they are entitled to their view but to me James Forrest is worthy of the Celtic legend status. James has been the subject of criticism throughout his career by a section of the Celtic supporters, unfairly in my book. He has never really had a song, unlike many less deserving players, some here for very short spells at the club. Maybe that’s because he’s home grown, a graduate of the Celtic Academy.

15.03.2015. Hampden Park, Glasgow, Scotland. Scottish League Cup Final. versus Celtic. Goalscorers James Forrest and Kris Commons with the trophy. Photo Vagelis Georgariou 

Granted he’s not the player he was, but he always gave one hundred percent when called upon, but it now looks like his time at Celtic could be about to come to an end. James is under contract for another season after this one but may fancy a chance to play regular football in the closing stages of his incredible career. And a move to Ayr Utd to team up with their new manager and Jamesy’s mate Scott Brown would seem like a sensible option.

If and when he does go, it’ll be a sad moment as it will signal the end of an era for one of our most loyal players in recent times. Our editor had better check that Sandman is going to be okay. When he hears the news he’s going to be distraught.

PS: ‘There only one James Forrest’ was actually sung at a Scottish Cup game against Partick Thistle at Celtic Park.  Pity it wasn’t sung more often.

 Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers and James Forrest are seen during the Cinch Scottish Premiership match between Celtic and Livingston FC at Celtic Park on December 23, 2023. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

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  1. end of an era?well,if it is then it’s looong overdue.players like him have been holding us back for far too long.disagree? check our european record.

  2. If Jamesy goes he has my thanks and best wishes. The stats don’t lie, over 100 goals and over 100 assists. LEGEND

  3. Are we sure Celtic have millions in the bank ? , because we are acting like were skint desperately trying to get players out the door to free up wages , fine if others were coming in ,but there’s not , its like there’s a Hun at the controls steering the ship onto the rocks and laughing at getting away with it , what the fuck is going on ?

  4. The Laird of Enfield on

    Always felt he suffered from being the replacement for fan favourite McGeady.

    As stated he has never had the acknowledgement his contribution to Celtic (which is far greater than McGeady’s was), deserved.

  5. Jamesy, ubiquitous Celtic success story. A proper legend – party to every single bit of success the club has had in nearly a decade and a half.
    Incredible consistent contributions, many when the spiteful pricks among us who deride him didn’t expect it – critical goal to win Ange’s first semi-final and spark the 2-year success story the most recent case in hand. Too many great moments in the Hoops too easily forgotten by the entitled.

  6. James has been a great player and servant. Not sure why some fans have never really taken to him, each to their own I suppose. He has always come over as a shy boy, used to think putting him up in front of the media was a form of torture for the lad. Make no mistake he would have been tapped up back in the day for a move, he has had a great career and plenty of medals and memories.