No Olympics for Forrest
Neil Lennon has confirmed that James Forrest will not be available to represent Team GB at the Olympics.
Last Updated: 22/05/12 6:43pm
Neil Lennon has confirmed that Celtic winger James Forrest will not be available for selection to represent Team GB at the Olympics.
Forrest is on Team GB coach Stuart Pearce's short-list of candidates for his squad, but has not played since mid-March due to a calf injury.
The 20-year-old has previously said he would rather play for Celtic in the UEFA Champions League qualifiers, which clash with the Olympic tournament in late July and early August.
Celtic boss Lennon has revealed he has spoken to Pearce to explain that the Scotland international will not be able to feature in the London Games.
"Certainly not the British players, we've spoken with Stuart on that," Lennon told STV.
"James Forrest will not be going because he's been injured. Stuart's aware of that.
"He was in his thoughts but the fact that he's been out for so long probably rules him out."
South Korea have said they plan to call up Celtic midfielder Ki Sung-yueng but the 23-year-old's birthday falls weeks outside the deadline that would make his attendance compulsory under FIFA rules.
Lennon said: "As regards the rest of the players, we'll speak to the other federations regarding that and hopefully there will be some sort of resolution where they are playing with Celtic when the time comes."