JAMES FORREST is delighted to have sorted out his future and agreed an extension on his contract that will keep the play at Celtic until 2019.

The 25-year-old international winger said: “I feel that I’ve got a bit of experience now and I just want to kick on and play as many games as I can for this club.

“I’ve been here since I’ve been nine. It’s all I know and it’s a massive club – one of the biggest in the world – so I’m just delighted to sign here again.”

Forrest, who is just seven games away from his 200th appearance for the Hoops, revealed he responded to the challenge put down to him by new boss Brendan Rodgers.

He added: “From day one, it’s been really positive and the manager’s had a good impact on all the boys.

“I think it’s shown in a lot of our good performances so far. Hopefully, we can kick on and do even better.

“I had a chat with the manager in the off-season and as soon as we came back in pre-season. He just said: ‘Show me what you’ve got.’

“I made it clear that I wanted to stay and I’m just glad it’s done now and I can focus on playing.

“We’ve made a few signings and they’ve made a good impact and it’s good for the squad.

“Also, we’ve put in a couple of good performances against Astana to get to the play-off round, so it would be great to get into the group stages of the Champions League.”

* James Forrest was talking to the Celtic website.

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