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Forrest dismisses lure of England

By Ronnie Esplin

James Forrest says Champions League football and winning trophies at Celtic keeps him more than satisfied plying his trade in Scotland.

The 27-year-old winger came through the youth system at Parkhead to break into a side that has won back-to-back domestic trebles and who host newly promoted Livingston today as they begin their search for an eighth successive Ladbrokes Premiership title.

Brendan Rodgers' side also look forward to the visit of AEK Athens in the first leg of the Champions League third qualifier next Wednesday as Celtic bid to make the group stages for the third year in succession.

Forrest is in the final year of his contract but is more than happy to extend his time at the Glasgow club.

When asked if he had ever hankered for a move to England, he said: "When you come through at Celtic and you are playing in the Champions League, the European nights here and you are winning trophies, you don't want to take it for granted.

"The last couple of years have been unbelievable for the fans and the club, and I would love to continue that.

"The club is massive and I definitely want to stay here as long as I can.

"When I spoke to him (Rodgers) it was positive from him. I would love to get it done pretty quick and just focus on playing.

"I have been here since I was a wee boy, made my debut at 18, and I have had so many big games and great moments for this club."

The Scotland international is confident Celtic can cope with the expectations of making it eight in a row.

"The expectation is always high at Celtic and you are expected to win every game," he said.

"We have a big squad, a lot of good players, international players, and we have coped with it before and we are confident that we can continue to cope with it.

"It was tough last year, and the teams around us are strengthening, so we need to make sure we are at it in every game."

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