Celtic enjoyed a day out in the sun as they lifted the Scottish Premiership trophy, for the 10th time in 11 years. That is quite a run to say the least but at the same time, there is a sense of new beginning for the club. They had suffered a disastrous campaign last time around, losing their chance to win 10IAR by finishing 25 points behind the Rangers and also without a trophy.
Ange Postecoglou has come in as the manager and brought this team back on track though, guiding them to a double while also having the odds completely stacked against him. Next season, they are expected to start in a much better position than they did this time, and have Champions League football to look forward to as well.
Yet, there will be a few changes at the club as well. The biggest of them will perhaps be parting ways with Tom Rogic and Nir Bitton, both of whom enjoyed nearly decade-long runs at Parkhead.
And considering that, Celtic’s decision to hand James Forrest a new three-year deal, which was met with shock by many fans, makes a lot of sense now.
Celtic decision to give Forrest a new contract makes sense now
Celtic had already lost a lot of experience last summer when Scott Brown walked out of the club. And now, Rogic and Bitton will as well.
Thus, they do need to hold on to some experience. Even Callum McGregor is just 28 years of age himself and is in the middle of his prime.
Thus, keeping hold of someone like Forrest is definitely a major positive for the club. He has seen it all and done it all at Celtic. Even if he is no longer a regular in the starting XI moving forward, the Hoops could certainly do with his presence.
Forrest was one of Celtic’s most important players even a couple of years back but has struggled badly with injuries in the last two seasons. But at the same time, he still brings a lot of value to this side, especially when they are lacking in the experience department.