Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has paid tribute to in-form winger James Forrest by revealing he knew he would be a big player for the Hoops from the very first time they spoke on the phone.
Forrest’s career seemed to be faltering with the Hoops, until Rodgers’ arrival in 2016, which led to a new contract for the 26-year-old and he already has 10 goals this season, his best ever return.
The winger has turned his career around and Rodgers has traced this back to when he first took over as manager of the Scottish champions after he has just turned down multiple contract offers.
The Bhoys boss was quoted by the Scottish Sun as saying: “I wanted to get round and talk to players and I was aware of where he was at with his contract. He’d turned down a couple of previous offers and only had six months remaining.
“But when I spoke to him on the phone, I reassured him that we could work well together. We built a rapport from day one.”
Forrest is certain to be a key man for the Bhoys in their final Champions League group stage match against Anderlecht on Tuesday night.
The Celts go into the game three points and three goals ahead of the Belgian champions, and are huge favourites to finish third in the group and clinch a Europa League spot.
Celtic’s first match against Anderlecht in the group stage resulted in an emphatic 3-0 victory thanks to goals from Leigh Griffiths, Patrick Roberts and Scott Sinclair, in what was one of their most accomplished victories in Europe for many years.
If the Hoops are successful against Anderlecht, they will find out who their Europa League opponents are in the draw on the 11th of December.
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