Brendan Rodgers had his eye on this 'standout' Celtic star at Liverpool
Brendan Rodgers’ Celtic number two, Chris Davies, has revealed that James Forrest was on their radar during the pair’s tenure at Liverpool, after having scouted the Scotland winger.
The Reds played the Hoops in a friendly fixture back in 2013, and the managerial pairing labelled the Scotland international as a ‘breakthrough player’ following Celtic’s 1-0 win.
In an interview with the Scottish Sun, Davies admitted that at that point, Forrest was already a standout player for the Hoops.
“Brendan Rodgers and myself were aware of James when we were at Liverpool when he first broke on the scene.
“At that point Forrest was the standout player I could see in the Celtic team. Really bright and quick, he looked a real breakthrough player,” Davies stated.
Forrest, now 26-years-old, has turned out to be a wonderful talent for the Hoops, scoring 16 goals this season alone, including that mesmerising hat-trick versus Partick Thistle in the Scottish Cup this past weekend.
The Scotland international’s desire to improve and win games at Celtic has been evident during his nine-year associationg with the first team, joining from the academy setup in 2009.
The one-club-man has cemented himself as a fan-favourite at Parkhead, and Davies does not think that there is any surpirse in other Club’s registering interest in him.
“We’ve got several players who you think would attract interest.
“Certainly, Forrest is really in form and is playing at a massive club. Naturally people are going to be interested in players like that.”
The next chance for Forrest to impress could be tomorrow evening, as Celtic welcome Zenit St Petersburg to Parkhead in the first leg of their Europa League clash.
In other Celtic news, one Hoops player was named in this week’s ‘team of the week’.