CELTIC No.2 John Kennedy has some bad news for the opposition: James Forrest isn’t quite ready to call it quits after 13 trophy-laden years at the top.
The 32-year-old winger, who has claimed 22 honours and scored over 100 goals since his debut in May 2010, still has two seasons to run on his current contract.
And Hoops deputy boss Kennedy, who has watched the player emerge as a genuine club mainstay over the years, reckons there is more to come from the Scotland international who will be inn the thick of the action in his own well-merited testimonial match against Atheltic Bilbao at Parkhead tonight.
Brendan Rodgers’ trusted right-hand man said: “When you look back at a highlights reel of James Forrest, you would say: ‘What a player!’.
“He does slip under the radar at times, but I think deep down everybody really appreciates what he is and what he has given.
“It’s hard to argue against it with the success he’s had, the trophies he’s won and the statistics he’s managed to achieve – and he’s still got a bit to go yet.
“That is the exciting part for him. Now he is going into the latter part of his career now, but he has still got several seasons left in him yet to go out there and achieve more.”
Kennedy, speaking to Celtic TV, added: “It has been a great journey for him, and for me to see him work, to see how someone at that level works on a daily basis, to achieve the success they get, is great.
“He’s such a humble human being, too. You couldn’t meet a better guy.
“It’s great to be a part of that and I’m delighted to have spent the time with him, and still continue to do so. I can’t pay him any more credit, he’s just such a terrific person.
“With the number of appearances he’s made and what he has achieved at Celtic, it is up there with the very best and he has written his name in history.
“Long may that continue.”
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