Petta said: “I think he’s been growing and growing, obviously his performances this season have been outstanding, scoring goals, coming inside and scoring with his weakest foot too.
“He’s growing as I said, he is evolving; not so much going down the wing on the sidelines, but coming inside to link up with the strikers. He’s got good work rate. I’ve spoken to him a few times, the boy is very eager and listens.
“I think nowadays, especially with the younger players, where they get a lot of attention and being young in the first team too, there’s a lot of pressure being at Celtic. But he’s kept his own and he will only get better and better.”
“He’s got some good reviews too from Mark Wotte, who is a very good friend of mine, and he’s only got nothing but praise for the guy.”
However, the top clubs come sniffing around when talent is unearthed and in recent years English clubs have ventured north of the border to snap up young Scottish talent, such as Steven Fletcher, David Goodwillie, James McCarthy, James McArthur and Graham Dorrans to name but a few.
Forrest has already been linked with moves to England, with Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp a fan on the 20-year-old, and recently FIFA named the Scot on their list of 13 youngsters destined to make a big impression in 2012.
Petta added: “He is only going to get better, but Celtic need to try and keep him for as long as possible.”
Asked if he would like to return to Celtic Park in any capacity, Petta admitted: “I would love too, I’m not going to lie about that, I would love to be involved, either with being a coach there, being an assistant, whether for the Under-19s or the first team. Depends on the conditions, but I want to be involved and with my business too, I train kids, I train seniors and stuff like that, just to get them fitter or football training specific to enhance their performance.
“I used to do that myself, when I was younger, having a personal football trainer. I want to be involved, I want to help footballers, good footballers in Scotland. It might not be for Celtic, but I’d love to be able to do service to Scottish football in general.”
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