Done deal: Celtic clinch second winger deal within a week
By Will Butcher
James Forrest has signed a new three-year Celtic contract, it was announced on Wednesday.
This comes just days after manager Brendan Rodgers secured the signing of winger Scott Sinclair from Aston Villa for around £4.5million.
Celtic’s official website revealed that Forrest had committed to the club until the summer of 2019.
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 under the bosman ruling.
Despite interest from down south, most notably Championship side Blackburn Rovers according to The Scotsman, Forrest remains as part of the Hoops’ squad after scoring the first league goal of Rodgers tenure on Sunday.
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The 25-year-old’s U-turn came after he had rejected a new contract offer from former manager Ronny Deila at the end of last season.
The Scotland international became disillusioned at Celtic Park last season after complaining over his lack of playing time, with 15 of his 33 appearances coming as a substitute and completing 90 minutes just once which led to the rejected contract offer.
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.
In other Celtic transfer news, the Hoops have bee given this emphatic answer in their chase for this £2million-rated international.