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English club line up £5m Celtic stalwart after he snubs contract offer - reports

By Will Butcher

James Forrest could move down south to Blackburn as manager Owen Coyle looks to tie up a second Celtic deal.

The Scotland international became disillusioned at Celtic Park last season after complaining over his lack of playing time, with 15 of his 33 appearances as a substitute.

The Scotsman claims that the winger could move after he rejected a four-year contract from ex-manager Ronny Deila back in February.

The Daily Mail have reported that the 25-year-old’s contract expires at the end of the season and the former £5m ace, according to the Daily Record, is now available at a cut-price deal.

Coyle, who has taken over the reigns at Ewood Park after a spell in the MLS with Houston Dynamo, is said to be weighing up a move for Forrest.

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The former Burnley manager has already signed Anthony Stokes after the striker’s contract expired and Forrest could follow his old teammate to the Lancashire club.

The move could benefit Celtic though, as The Hoops are interested in signing Blackburn’s Irish Euro 2016 star Shane Duffy.

It remains to be seen if Forrest chooses Blackburn over Celtic, but a stronger relationship between the two clubs could give Rodgers the edge over rivals to win Duffy’s signature.

The Celtic trainee has made 184 career appearances for The Hoops, scoring a total of 30 goals and producing 27 assists.

In other Celtic news, Rodgers attempts to bring in this Liverpool stalwart have ended in failure.