NEIL LENNON has slapped an amazing £25million valuation on James Forrest – and then admitted he was “priceless”..
The winger celebrated signing a four-year contract extension by netting Celtic’s second goal in the 2-0 win over St Mirren at Parkhead last night that keeps the champions on top of the Premiership.
Mohamed Elyounoussi grabbed the welcome breakthrough goal shortly after the interval and nine minutes later the 28-year-old attacker doubled the advantage to make certain of victory against Jim Goodwin’s battlers.
Lennon savoured the performance of Forrest as he prepared to turn his thoughts to the Betfred League up semi-final confrontation against Hibs at Hampden on Saturday evening.
The Scotland international was tagged at £25million by the Irishman and then described as “priceless” after his 10th goal of the campaign.
Lennon, speaking to the Daily Record, said: “James was brilliant. We gave him a new deal and I don’t care how much money we pay. He’s priceless to me.
“What would he cost? A goalscoring winger who has been doing it consistently for 10 years and won treble Player of the Year awards?
“You’d start the bidding at £25milion. That’s what I would ask for, anyway, but he’s not going anywhere.
“James is in his peak years and is part of a front four that can be devastating when they turn it on.”