Celtic midfielder James Forrest has recently been linked with a move away from Glasgow. According to The Scottish Sun, Zenit St Petersburg are eyeing up a move for Forrest.
The Russian champions reportedly want to partner Forrest with Malcom, who joined from Barcelona this summer. Zenit would be willing to pay £12m to Celtic and £70k-per-week to Forrest.
If the 28-year-old does leave, then Celtic would need to fill his void. Over the past few seasons, Forrest has become a vital player. He has already scored twice and provided three assists in six games this season, adding to his tally of 18 goals in 2018/19.
Forrest on his future
But Celtic fans should not be concerned about Forrest’s potential departure. The Scotland international has recently revealed that he is not tempted by the Premier League so he is surely going to ignore any advances for Russian clubs.
Speaking to The Daily Record, Forrest said: “It’s a busy time for the club with the transfer window ongoing but I would love to get [a contract extension] done soon and just concentrate on football.
“Nowadays you don’t get many one-club players but there are not many clubs like Celtic in the world. The fan base and everything about the club is just incredible, I’ve really seen that over the last few years and I’d love to stay a part of that for as long as I can. Happiness is important. If you ask any footballer, you want to enjoy your career and that’s how I feel at Celtic.”
Forrest as future captain?
Celtic have been crying out for someone with this sort of commitment to the club. And when Scott Brown leaves, it could be between Callum McGregor and Forrest for the captaincy.
Forrest has become the first player to score for Celtic in 11 successive seasons since Paul McStay. And he could become the first one-club man since McStay, who scored in 16 consecutive seasons before his retirement in 1977. Could Forrest follow in McStay’s footsteps?