James Forrest admits Celtic January transfer exit WAS on the cards as one-club man opens up on his future

James Forrest admits a shock January exit from Celtic WAS on the cards.

The one-club man has dedicated his entire career to the Hoops since making his first-team breakthrough way back in 2010. Now one of the most decorated players in Parkhead history, Forrest endured a frustrating campaign on the bench and even in the stands after falling out of favour under Brendan Rodgers.

But the 32-year-old has made a blistering return to the starting line-up in recent weeks, scoring crucial goals against Dundee and Aberdeen. However, the veteran winger has revealed there was interest in his services during the winter window which could have brought his lifelong association with Celtic to an end.

He told Sky Sports: "In January there were a few things but nothing concrete. I always knew and felt I could contribute here. Once the window shut and I knew I was here I wanted to keep pushing the team.

"A lot of players don't play here. The dressing room is really good because we have loads of players and no one tosses off training. Everyone works hard and that keeps the boys that are starting and pushes them knowing if they don't have a good game or bad results then there are players to push you to come into the team as well."

He added: "I've always had confidence in myself but obviously January and February, not being in the squad, it was tough. But then as footballers, you go through tough stages at loads of different times throughout your career.

"I'm just glad that I managed to keep working hard, I've been back involved since March and obviously the last few weeks have been even better. I've started the last few games and made an impact and helping the team which has been really good on a personal level and for the team as well."