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James Forrest

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  1. Notorious Gold Member Gold Member

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    James Forrest made his Celtic debut in 2010.

    FT: Celtic 1-0 Rangers

    Former Celtic captain Scott Brown tells BBC Sportsound: "You've got Callum McGregor and Brendan Rodgers who drive them on daily. The players have got to make sure they deliver for the fans.

    "It's a mentality thing. Celtic have got that mentality to continuously win. Rangers have not got that mentality. That's the difference. They come here and play well but just can't get it over the line. Celtic get it over the line, they know how to do it.

    "In the front three there is a huge difference in quality. Celtic's look fluent and efficient. Rangers don't look like they will create much. Take nothing away from Rangers, they worked hard and were honest. But Celtic had more quality
    He now has a staggering 24 winners' medals from the three main competitions.

    And he's got the Euros to look forward to, having gone without a cap since the last one. What a story for the 32-year-old winger.

    Celtic winger James Forrest tells BBC Scotland: "The last couple of weeks have been amazing. Once we won the league, we were looking forward to today. I don't think we were at our best but it shows how far we've come that we can dig in and win when we're not at our best.

    "Rangers are a good team. Maybe the conditions, the pitch, maybe the occasion? I don't know. Sometimes that's football. We dug in, got a clean sheet and won, that's the most important thing.

    "I've enjoyed every minute since March when I came back into the squad. I appreciate it even more being here. You see the fans and how together everyone is from the players and staff
     
  4. Liam Scales Gold Member Gold Member

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    I love hearing the snippets we get from guys who know Forrest about the mentality, professionalism and leadership he shows. The influence he brings with him, Ange gave him a fairly long extension unexpectedly for that exact reason, finding him indispensable even when not a regular feature of the first team.

    You hear from Jamesy that rarely, and 15 years into his Celtic career he still was a nervous wreck choking to * off infront of the camera today. Think because of that the fans have never really had an insight to * like that with him. Similar to Calmac before he stepped to be captain. Rarely talked about or admitted now but there was a lot of grumbling with that decision, but guys like Broony and Lustig etc that were away, was his teammate and absolute winners for us never had a doubt and said publicly it wasn’t even a decision, it was that obvious. Think now we hear from him a lot his mentality and being a born winner screams out of him. Something we didn’t see publicly because he was also a bit of recluse. And thats Jamesy. He’s massive for us off the pitch, and he’s been massive for us to het success on the pitch when it was squeeky * time. Legends. Both of them.
     
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    Thought he played well, obviously didn’t contribute in terms of end product but he was reliable in possession and always positive when he got on the ball.

    Think it’s a no brainer he sticks around next season, a bonafide club legend.
     
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    There will be a lot of change in the wingers this summer so only makes sense to keep Jamesy on. Reliable, experienced backup who's shown he can come on and make a difference if need be.
     
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    It wasn’t so long ago that James Forrest’s Celtic career appeared to be all-but over. The winger was more likely to be seen wearing his club tracksuit in the director’s box of a matchday than he was to be causing havoc down the right-hand side of the Celtic attack.

    How times have changed. The 32-year-old enjoyed something of an Indian Summer this season, as not only did he force his way back into Brendan Rodgers’ thinking, but into his manager’s starting XI as an indispensable member of the team that eventually clinched a league and cup double.

    Now, he is hoping that he can replicate a similar pattern as he comes towards the tail end of his career as a whole. Forrest believes he still has plenty to offer Celtic, and his dream is to finish his playing days at the club where he has spent all of them so far.

    The evidence of the last few months would appear to support his theory. And one of the main reasons he feels he was able to slip so seamlessly back into the Celtic team and make such a telling impact, is the same one that has him convinced he can prove a valuable asset for years still to come – he has never felt comfortable at the club.

    That is, he believes, the way it should be. When he was younger, it would be experienced teammates or demanding managers who would remind him of the standards that are expected, and that there are people lining up to take his place if he does not meet them. Now, he holds himself to that high bar.

    I've always said that I've loved being here and have enjoyed working hard here,” Forrest said.

    "We've always signed new players and I don't think I've ever felt comfortable being here. The amount of attacking players we sign, it keeps you going.

    "I'd love to stay here as long as I can, I've always said that. I'll go and enjoy the Euros and then come back to pre-season and take it from there.

    "In football you can't look too far in front. The last few months has shown that and sums it up.

    "In January I hadn't been in the squad for a few months and didn't know what the future held.


    I'm just going to keep working hard and keep enjoying football."

    When speaking to Forrest, you would get the impression that nothing much bothers him. He is as unassuming and as unflappable as they come.

    But he does concede that the period just after Christmas this season when he couldn’t get a sniff of a matchday squad, far less a start, was a challenging one. And that he was at a crossroads in his Celtic career.

    "Definitely,” he said.

    “That spell in January and February…I'm still not 35 or 36 and it was the first time in my career that I've been fit enough and not been in squads.



    That was difficult because I knew if I stayed, I'd potentially be ruling myself out of playing anywhere. It was a hard one. But when I knew I was staying after January, I kept working hard every day in training and I knew I'd get that chance. Once it came, I didn't look back and helped the team.

    “It's hard because you're training all week, putting it all in every session and making sure you're ready.

    "I maybe had that bit more adrenaline and was a bit more buzzing because I was back involved.

    "You miss playing. When you train all weekend and don't get a game at the weekend, it's hard to take."

    All that is in the distant past now though, with Forrest looking forward to meeting up with the Scotland squad for the European Championships before coming back next season for a crack at Bobby Lennox’s record as the most decorated Celtic player of all time.


    Forrest has discussed his place in the club’s medal table on innumerable occasions, but still, every time it is put to him, he can’t help but be a little bashful about it.

    To be mentioned alongside legends such as Lennox – who he is now just two medals behind - and Billy McNeill – who he has now overtaken with his 24 honours – seems to be a ridiculous notion to him, but an honour he is very grateful for nonetheless



    It's unbelievable,” he said.

    “I don't read too much into milestones, but I always get told them, and I think it's really good. It shows that you are working hard and getting rewarded for it.

    "I've really enjoyed the last couple of months. Around January and February, I wasn't making it into squads or getting any game time.

    "I've been taking everything in during games in the last couple of months. It's been a pleasure.
     
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    And a big JBL speaker hahah the necessities :56:
     
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    Good old Tin of upper deckies in the pockets too!
     
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    Love Wee Jamesy. Hope he finishes his career with us. Deserves it.
     
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    Hope he is here next season and gets the 500 games and some more records broken.
     
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    Hope he can keep up his form and contribute next season. He's still got a bit to give.
     
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    Some bhoy, certainly shoulda seen some game time for Scotland.
     
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    Was absolutely vital to the end of our season. Looked so sharp.
     
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    Think he will have a fantastic season 2024/25. And that includes in Europe :ynwacelti
     
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