Celtic’s Forrest still has plenty to offer and Rodgers should grant his contract wishes

Celtic winger James Forrest has just one year left on his current deal at Parkhead but has stated that he wants to remain at the club until the end of his career, according to the Sun.

What’s the story, then?

The report says that 27-year-old Forrest has been at the club since he was nine and he has expressed his desire to remain for as long as he possibly can.

He is quoted saying that he appreciates being at the club more and more as he gets older and wants to extend his current deal as he feels he can contribute with goals and assists.

Forrest netted 17 goals in all competitions last season and Patrick Roberts’ return to Manchester City has served to intensify the pressure on Rodgers’ other attacking players to take up the goalscoring burden.

Forrest can make up the Roberts’ shortfall

Forrest is a player who loves Celtic, with the best years of his career ahead of him and is coming off the back of a fruitful season in front of goal – there is no reason Rodgers shouldn’t meet his demands.

With Roberts’ return to England and failing to land Liverpool starlet Harry Wilson – who ended up at Derby – Rodgers needs a boost in creativity from somewhere and Forrest can fill the breach.

Every squad needs characters like Forrest and players who love the club are invaluable in the modern era to bridge the gap between the squad and the fans.