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Celtic struck gold with James Forrest

Celtic have never been reluctant when it comes to bringing in new players to the club for significant sums of money from all parts of the globe.

However, in terms of current market value, it seems as though one of Celtic’s most valuable assets is a player on whom the Hoops didn’t need to spend a penny in transfer fees to obtain.

As a product of the Parkhead club’s youth system, James Forrest made his senior debut back in May 2010 in a league game against Motherwell under former Hoops manager Neil Lennon.

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Since then, the winger – who is currently picking up £19k-per-week according to Salary Sport – has gone on to make 440 senior Celtic appearances across all competitions, scoring 97 goals and providing 97 assists along the way, highlighting what a significant figure he has been for the club in terms of his longevity and what he has delivered on the pitch.

During his career, the 30-year-old – who has been called “priceless” by Lennon – has won nine league titles, six Scottish Cups and five Scottish League Cups, which backs up why Postecoglou recently dubbed him a “winner”.

In October 2010, a few months after making his senior debut in a Celtic shirt, Transfermarkt rated the attacker’s market value at £675k. It now stands at £5.4m, making him the third-most valuable player in Postecoglou’s squad behind Callum McGregor and David Turnbull.

One unfortunate factor when looking at Forrest’s career is the number of injuries he has suffered over the years, which have seen him miss a total of 116 games since the 2012/13 season according to Transfermarkt.

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Had the winger have not been so unlucky on the injury front, it’s easy to suggest that he would have even more goals and assists to his name and also a higher market value.

However, it’s still undeniable that the Parkhead club unearthed and developed a real gem by taking Forrest out of their youth ranks and giving him the chance to play regularly in the senior side. It goes to show that clubs don’t always need to rely on buying players from other clubs to enhance their squads, especially if they have a strong youth academy producing gems such as Forrest.

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Article title: Celtic struck gold with James Forrest

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