FRANK MCAVENNIE is confident James Forrest won't think the grass is greener in England and leave Celtic this summer.

The winger is on course to win a third successive domestic Treble at Parkhead as he looks to cap his finest campaign for the Hoops.

Forrest won the PFA Scotland Player of the Year prize on Sunday night. And former Celtic star McAvennie is delighted with his progress in recent seasons.

He said: "When you look back to where he was when Brendan Rodgers came in, that pre-season, he just didn’t look right.

"Brendan is obviously a top, top manager – and he found the way to get to him. Whether that was putting an arm round him or giving him a rollicking, it worked.

"He got the best out of James – that’s what good managers do – and allowed his talent to shine.


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"There was never any doubt that he had the talent. He’s always shown it, just not consistently.

"This season, he’s been different class. So he fully deserves the award.

"I don’t know if he’s big enough to go down to England. That still matters down there.

"He tracks back well enough, though, which is an important part of the job for any winger in the English game. But, even if he does have interest, James is quite happy at Celtic.

"You go somewhere new, you have all the upheaval that goes with a move. Does someone like James Forrest want that? I’m not too sure.

"He’s going to get a game for Celtic for years to come. So why would you want to move? He could become one of the greats at Celtic. So, unless you’re moving to one of the biggest clubs in England, you can’t top that.


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"Why would you give all this up to fight relegation and battle at the bottom of the table?

"When I went down, I just wanted to test myself against the best players; it was never about money. But James gets that in Europe, he’s set for life on the money he’s getting at Celtic."

Frank McAvennie was speaking at The Kris Boyd Charity Golf Day at Trump Turnberry. The Boyd Charity raises funds and awareness for Mental Health