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Rodgers gives Celtic winger second chance after breathing life into stagnating career

By Will Butcher

Brendan Rodgers has called on Celtic chiefs to settle winger James Forrest’s contract situation – before they lose him for nothing.

The Evening Times claim 25-year-old has less than six months remaining on his Celtic Park deal after rejecting a new offer in January 2016.

Former Liverpool and Swansea manager Rodgers wants Forrest to put pen to paper on a new deal, despite a disappointing last two season at Celtic Park.

“I had a joke with him that I’d like to see James Forrest back here,” Rodgers said, as quoted by the Evening Times. “Because the guy who was here was away on loan for a couple of years.

“Since pre-season he has been absolutely first class. He wants to stay, he pulled me away in Slovenia and said he was enjoying the work and he feels an important part of the squad. So it’s between the agent and the club now to arrange that.”

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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.

Under Rodgers, Forrest has played in all five of Celtic’s games this season, and scored the first league goal of Rodgers’ Celtic tenure after just eight minutes on Sunday against Hearts.

Interest has been generated in Forrest from down south as his contract nears its end, and the player could look to complete a U-turn.

Blackburn were looking to sign Forrest in a cut-price deal according to the The Scotsman but are set to miss out.

In other Celtic transfer news, Steven Davis has responded to being linked with Celtic by posting this on his Twitter account.