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FORREST’S PLEA TO ARMSTRONG

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JAMES FORREST is eager for team-mate Stuart Armstrong to commit his long-term future to Celtic.

The new Scotland cap has just over a year left on his current contract after arriving at Parkhad in a £2million double deal with Gary Mackay-Steven from Dundee United on the last day of the January 2015 transfer deadline.

Armstrong, 25, has been a revelation this season under the guidance of Brendan Rodgers and hit his 14th goal of the campaign in the 3-1 weekend win over Kilmarnock.

Gordon Strachan has also rewarded the Inverness-born midfielder with his first full international appearance in the recent 1-0 World Cup qualifying victory over Slovenia.

Forrest said: “A few of the boys have signed new deals this year. That’s the way it has gone and there is a buzz about the place.

“We want to continue that. I’ve not spoken to Stuart about it, but I know he’s got just under a year and a half left.

“He’s been doing really well and I think he’s settled here. Hopefully, another big player will stay.

“Since he’s been in the team he’s been doing really well and has kicked on.

“He’s been shooting outside the box and scoring a lot of goals. That’s a credit to him, he’s been working hard.”

Forrest praised the effect boss Rodgers has had on the individual since he replaced Ronny Deila in the summer.

He added: “Yeah, definitely. I think you could say that about a few of the boys.

“The manager has had a big impact on players on and off the park. Hopefully, Stuart can continue that form until the end of the season.”

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