James Forrest rejects new Celtic deal as the exit door beckons


Celtic manager Ronny Deila has revealed that midfielder James Forrest has rejected a new deal offered by the club, hastening his expected departure from the club.

Despite the Celtic midfielder stating in November that he was ‘pretty confident’ of being offered a new deal, Deila has claimed that Forrest wants to move on.

The 24-year-old’s contract ends in December 2016 and Celtic will inevitably be looking to cash in on the winger during the summer.

Speaking to the assembled media, Deila admitted: “We offered him a contract and he has turned it down. He has told us he wishes to see what his other options are. I cannot see that we will go back to him with another improved deal because to my mind it was a very good offer that the club put to him.”

Forrest made his debut for Celtic in May 2010 against Motherwell and scoring minutes after coming on as a substitute in the 4-0 win. Despite the early promise shown under previous manager Neil Lennon, injuries and a lack of consistency has been a common occurance during his time.

He has made 183 appearances for Celtic scoring 30 times and has won 13 Scotland caps.


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Andy Muirhead is the Editor of Scotzine and the Scottish Football fanzine FITBA. He is the Scottish Football columnist for The Morning Star and has written for a number of other publications including ESPN, Huffington Post UK, BT Life's a Pitch and has had his work featured in the Daily Record, The Scotsman and the Daily Mail.

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