Ronny Deila: James Forrest has rejected contract

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Celtic boss Ronny Deila has confirmed that winger James Forrest has turned down the offer of a new contract at the club.

The midfielder stated in December that he was confident of extending his deal but it now appears as if he has changed his mind after a disappointing season.

The 24-year-old has only scored two goals in 18 league appearances, although he is still reportedly attracting the attention of Premier League side Norwich and Queens Park Rangers.

Canaries boss Alex Neil is apparently in the transfer market for another winger with only Nathan Redmond and Matt Jarvis currently in his squad to choose from.

Forrest made his debut for the Scottish giants in 2010 but a number of injuries have slowed his progress at Celtic Park. The Prestwick-born star has scored 23 goals in 116 games for the club but he now appears to be ready for a new challenge.

Forrest’s contract expires in December 2016 and the Hoops’ board may now be tempted to cash in during the summer.

Confirming Forrest’s decision to reject the club’s offer of a new deal, Deila said: “We offered him a contract and he has turned it down. He has told us he wishes to see what his other options are.

“I cannot see that we will go back to him with another improved deal because to my mind it was a very good offer that the club put to him.”

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