JAMES FORREST has urged Celtic to make him a Hoops star for the rest of his career.

The Scotland international winger, who has spent 18 years at the club, is in the final year of his contract – and he is eager to sign an extension that will keep him at Parkhead.

Forrest, 27, claimed a career-best 17 goals last season and has already scored in both legs of the 6-0 Champions League first round qualifying win over the Armenians of Alashkert.

He scored the winning effort against Rosenborg last season and will be a key man when Brendan Rodgers’ side travel to Trondheim on Wednesday with a 3-1 advantage as they bid to meet AEK Athens at the third stage.

Forrest said: “I’ve been here since I was nine. I think as you get older you really do appreciate it more and I just want to keep working hard and be here for as long as I can.

“I think I’ve changed my game, and scoring a few more goals like last year has definitely helped.

“Can I beat last season’s total? I’ve not really thought about it.

“The position I play, the manager always says you need to be contributing with goals and assists.

“I’ve done that for the last couple of years and I just want to keep going.

“It begins with working hard and I’ve started this season with a couple of goals and a few assists, so I just want to keep going and keep scoring as many as I can.

“We’ve created a lot of chances in the last couple of seasons.”

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