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Celtic winger James Forrest is entering his tenth season as a Hoops player and has addressed speculation he could be in line for a testimonial at the club, as reported by The Evening Times.
The Scotland international will be aiming for a similar output this coming season, with the countdown on to the club’s season opener against FK Sarajevo in UEFA Champions League qualifying next Tuesday.
It’s the 27-year-old’s tenth season as a senior player at Celtic Park, a truly incredible personal milestone at such a young age. When asked about a potential testimonial, he admitted he hasn’t given it much thought.
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As quoted by The Evening Times, he said:
“It would be unbelievable, but I don’t really think about it. It’s probably only once you finish that you’ll think how good it was but just now I just want to keep going.
“[Testimonials] are unusual these days. You don’t see much of them anymore. When I was coming through you saw a few of them but it’s just different now. A lot of clubs change managers every couple of years, so players move on.
“If you’ve been at a club like Celtic for that long you must be doing something right.
“I just want to keep working hard and stay here for as long as I can.”
A product of the Hoops academy, Forrest made his senior debut back in 2010 when Neil Lennon was manager in his first spell at Celtic.
Since then he’s had his ups and downs at the club, but over the last couple of seasons has emerged as one of the side’s most dangerous attacking players.
Having failed to reach double figures for goals in any single season from his debut until the end of 2016/17, he has suddenly found that lethal edge in front of goal, scoring 34 in the two seasons since, contributing 30 assists.
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He’s matured into quite the player and over the next few years is set to build an impressive Celtic legacy that is up there with some of the greats.
With 348 appearances and 17 major honours to his name he’s already achieved so much, but clearly doesn’t plan on stopping any time soon.