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By February 24, 2016No Comments

Celtic boss Ronny Deila insists James Forrest remains part of his plans but admitted he could leave in the summer.

Forrest turned down the offer of a new deal with the Hoops this week amid reported interest from QPR and Norwich City.

Forrest has played 32 games for the Scottish champions this season and is out of contract at the end of the year. It means he could sign a pre-contract agreement with another club in the summer.

Deila is resigned to Forrest leaving, saying negotiations have stretched out too long but still considers him an important part of the squad.

“The latest is we offered him a deal and he rejected it,” he said.

“We wanted to keep him here but again the issue is between the club and the player. I haven’t spoken directly to Jamesy about this.

“We tried in negotiations but we got a ‘no’ from an offer that we felt was really good.

“We’ve stretched it out as long as we can in our opinion but you never know in football.

“He remains part of my plans. It’s not a problem though we have a lot of options in that area.

“Jamesy has to show his best side for his future and we need the best out of everybody to achieve our goals as well.

“Could he go in the summer? Everything is possible in football.”

Deila also stressed that Honduran Emilio Izaguirre, who has been ousted from his full-back position by Kieran Tierney, still has a future at the club.

“Of course he has a future. We can’t have one full-back,” he said.

“He’s a great player and there is very tough competition on that side. Everybody can see what KT has done but everybody also respects what Emilio has done at this club. We know we have two very good full-backs.

“I talk with Emilio lots of times and of course he wants to play more – everybody does.

“But again it’s a competition you never know in football something could happen to KT or Emilio could show he is better in training. I can’t make my decision on the basis of what the Honduras national team coach says.”