By Will Butcher
James Forrest has signed a new three-year Celtic contract – and supporters are keen for Brendan Rodgers to help the winger realise his potential.
The 25-year-old is the second Celtic player to sign a new deal in 24 hours after Australian international Tom Rogic also put pen to paper on at Parkhead.
Forrest is the third senior man to commit to the Hoops in four days, with Scott Sinclair also signing from Aston Villa on Sunday in a £4.5million deal.
Celtic’s official website broke the news, after Forrest completed a U-turn to sign a new deal. The Scotland international had rejected a new contract offer from former manager Ronny Deila at the end of last season.
James Forrest signs new three-year Celtic deal.
— Celtic Football Club (@celticfc) August 10, 2016
The Scotland international had less than six months remaining on his previous deal, which had made him available to talk to non-Scottish clubs for free.
Forrest is set to remain as part of the Hoops’ squad after scoring the first league goal of Rodgers tenure on Sunday, despite interest from down south, most notably Championship side Blackburn Rovers according to The Scotsman.
Celtic’s Twitter following are undecided on whether tying Forrest down is a good deal, with many believing that Forrest must prove his worth.
Yet AGAIN James Forrest miraculously ups his game just before signing a new deal. Let's see how long this recent bout of form lasts now. 🙁
— F R Λ C T V R E 4 (@fracture4) August 10, 2016
Delighted James Forrest has signed a new 3 year deal.. Hopefully kick on from here!! #Celtic
— Ryan Kennedy (@RyanKen91) August 10, 2016
Ahh James Forrest will be 55 and we'll be still offering him a new contract ??
— Stephanie (@StephanieeeeY) August 10, 2016
James Forrest. So inconsistent, so injury prone. Lets give him a 3 year contract, that makes perfect sense.
— Павел ☭ (@killyrfriends) August 10, 2016
Not surprised to see James Forrest sign a new contract. Club clearly wanted him to stay, a decent start to the season & Rodgers helped.
— Daniel White (@danwhitepr) August 10, 2016
James Forrest has looked a better player under Brendan Rodgers so far. Let's hope he keeps it up now Celtic have given him a new contract.
— David Meikle (@DavidJMeikle) August 10, 2016
James Forrest will get a testimonial at Celtic and you can't even get a text back.
— Kevin (@KTH_1989) August 10, 2016
Tom Rogic yesterday, James Forrest today, brilliant business from @celticfc onwards and upwards!
— Eamónn Lavery (@E_lav1967) August 10, 2016
James Forrest better have one hell of a season. The guys been stealing a wage for years
— Jonjoe (@jonjoe1990) August 10, 2016
Under Rodgers, Forrest has played in all five of Celtic’s games this season, and has reignited his love for Celtic since the former Liverpool manager took control.
Forrest is set to be part of the side that faces Motherwell on Wednesday night in the Betfred league cup.
In other Celtic transfer news, Rotherham are looking to complete a second raid on the Hoops for this young English defender.