‘Forrest needs to focus on football’

Former Celtic striker Craig Beattie says he isn’t surprised to hear James Forrest is considering leaving the club but warned him to focus on his football.

Reports have suggested that QPR and Norwich have shown interest in the winger after he turned down the offer of a new deal at Celtic.

Beattie found himself in a similar position to Forrest when he was at the club and decided to head to England to join West Brom from Celtic in 2007.

Beattie says it’s a difficult situation to be in but believes Forrest should concentrate on performing his best for the Hoops.

“I’m not surprised he’s thinking of leaving. He’s maybe had a sniff at some money down south and maybe not being offered the money he feels he deserves.

“I know when you come through at a club as a youth player you never get the financial rewards that signed players get.

“I’ve experienced that in my own time I won’t name names but there are players who have left for that reason.”

He added: “For me, James Forrest’s fitness recently hasn’t been up to scratch he’s not played anywhere near the amount of games he should have.

“I think at the minute he should be getting his head down and getting in the team and producing performances on the park.

“James has got to make his own mind up. He’s still learning the game maybe he feels he has plateaued at Celtic and needs that little challenge again to go kick on and improve himself.

“I was 23 and had won seven medals. There was a lot of change at the time. Martin O’Neil had left and Gordon Strachan had come in and I had learned a lot from both guys.

“You can leave too soon or stay too long and at that point I just felt it was the right time. I still don’t know if it was the right decision or not.”

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