Forrest happy at Celtic

Winger flattered by interest but not planning to leave

James Forrest: Enjoying life at Celtic and is not thinking about a possible departure

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James Forrest has admitted he is flattered to be linked with other clubs but has no intention of leaving Celtic as he wants to help the club reach the UEFA Champions League group phase.

The Hoops winger picked up the PFA Scotland Young Player of the Year award at the annual dinner in Glasgow on Sunday as his peers recognised the form which has attracted attention from England.

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp confirmed in January he was looking at the Scotland winger but the 20-year-old has no plans to move on just yet and believes the lure of European football's elite club competition will help Neil Lennon keep his championship-winning squad intact.

"It is good that teams are watching me," Forrest said. "It means I'm doing well but I'm happy at Celtic and I want to get Celtic into the Champions League.

"I don't think anybody will want to leave, we know there is a couple of qualifiers and we could be in the Champions League so we are going to give it our all.

"It is a young team and the experience we got from the Europa League this season will definitely help us.

"It was my first European campaign and I managed to play in every game and that's what you want to do, play in big games and test yourself.

"I think we gave a good account of ourselves.

"It is a different type of game but I think we could easily have gone through (from the group) this year but it wasn't to be and hopefully as I said, it gives us experience for next season."


Despite helping Celtic win the title, Forrest's campaign ended after picking up an ankle injury in the League Cup final defeat by Kilmarnock at Hampden on March 18th.

"It has been frustrating," he said. "Obviously I was having a good season, the club were going well, on the way to winning the league, we were in the cup final and in the semis (of the Scottish Cup) and it ended quite bad for me so hopefully I can rectify it next season.

"There has not been much I have been able to do.

"It was a tackle in the cup final which caused bone bruising and soft tissue (damage), so it has been frustrating.

"I got another scan last week and it is improving but it has been a slow recovery and I just want to get back fit.

"All I am doing is focusing on getting back for pre-season training."