This Young Scottish Winger Could Do A Job At Newcastle


This is another article in our series of pinpointing young players in Europe, who could potentially be good acquisitions for Newcastle this summer or in the future, and today we focus on Celtic’s 21 year-old winger James Forrest, who has played 7 times for Scotland.

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James Forrest – 21 year-old Celtic winger

James was born in Prestwick and joined the Celtic Youth Academy at the age of 13, and has been at Celtic ever since.

The 5’9″ right footed right-winger signed an initial  four-year contract with Celtic in August of 2009, and he made his debut for Celtic in May of 2010, when he was 18, coming on as a late substitute against Motherwell, and scored a goal.

Since then James has played 99 times for Celtic with 17 goals and 18 assists, but it’s hard to judge him on those figures, since the Scottish Premier League has slumped to the 24th rated league in Europe, a drop of six places since Rangers left.

Last season James played 29 times for Celtic with four goals and eight assists, and the youngster can play on either wing or as an out-and-out striker.

He made his Scottish international debut in May of 2011 in the match against the Republic of Ireland in the World Cup, and in January of that year he signed a new five-year contract with the Scottish powerhouse, so he is contracted to Celtic through 2016.

And in January 2012, he was named one of the 13 players to watch in 2012 by FIFA.

His style is that of some of some of the classic Scottish wingers of the past – he has good speed and dribbling skills, and can beat his man and get the ball over into the box.

James prefers playing on the right-wing but he is a versatile player, and here’s another youngster who is performing very well for his club  at the moment.

What do you think?

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184 comments so far

  • ledonkey

    Jun 13, 2013 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #1

    Atletico Madrid yesterday afternoon submitted a 15m bid for Cabaye – and he is open to the move!

    Cashley will push them more towards 20m but that shouldnt be a problem after the 50m they have just received!

    Roma story is false!

    You heard it here first.

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  • q8igeordie

    Jun 13, 2013 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #2

    good young winger .. if he joins he’d be the best winger at the club.. thats how bad our wingers are

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  • JackButler

    Jun 13, 2013 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #3

    q8igeordie

    I didn’t realise that we even had any wingers at the club???

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  • ledonkey

    Jun 13, 2013 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #5

    Rainrix

    I think Cisse is looking for any excuse to leave the club so he can earn some of the big £££

    If the principle he is against is loaning money and interest rates then surely he would have refused to wear the Virgin Money shirt as well???

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  • numba9

    Jun 13, 2013 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #6

    Buy bent 4 mill plus guti they need experience workmanlike player to help their young squad. We need goals

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  • numba9

    Jun 13, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #7

    The cisse thing is a contradiction as he gay worn the virgin money sponsor since he arrived. If he wants to start falling out over these things maybe sponsors should say the players wages direct because the players have no regard for clubs these days

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  • WesJameson

    Jun 13, 2013 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #8

    @ ledonkey // Jun 13, 2013 at 10:58 AM

    let him go, if he doesnt want to be here

    Just can’t see it, his best friend just arrived ( Debuchy ) but who knows…..

    i want to see Valbuena* in a toon shirt, cracking cracking player

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  • JackButler

    Jun 13, 2013 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #9

    An insight into the mind of Ashley

    ‘If I sack Old Alan then it’ll cost me to pay him off, it’ll cost me even more to employ someone else who may even come with delusions of grandeur and think that I’ll actually spend in the transfer market, but…..if I keep Alan then all our top player will want out and I will actually make a shed load of cash,,,,,,oh what to do’???

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  • rainrix

    Jun 13, 2013 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #10

    ledonkey… Big difference between wonga and virgin though. Virgin dont charge extortionate rates of interest. Virgin money isnt really any different from any bank in the UK. If they’re following the religion to a T then there should be no Muslim players in the league seeing as its sponsored by barclays. So i get why he hasnt objected to virgin money. Payday loans are another kettle of fish entirely and people object to it on moral reasons so it kinda makes sense he is objecting to it.

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  • toon kk

    Jun 13, 2013 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #11

    All this chat about Bent when there’s younger better strikers out there. I’d far rather put what ever he would cost to more use? He hardly impressed last season. He would be a step sideways not forward.

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  • G

    Jun 13, 2013 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #12

    Regards the Cisse and Wonga threat, f365 have pointed out that in the past Kanoute had problems because of a gambling logo on a Seville shirt, so he was allowed to wear one sponsor free. Frankly, if I were to buy one I would want one sponsor free.

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  • numba9

    Jun 13, 2013 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #13

    Bent same age as van persie both have terrific goal records consistently only other on par would be defoe and we won’t get two of those age in them cases don’t matter as players don’t stay at one club for years now any how

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  • Spoof

    Jun 13, 2013 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #14

    rainrix
    Cisse is kicking up a fuss because Wonga charge interest on loans, its the interest and not the amount which is against his religious beliefs.

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  • G

    Jun 13, 2013 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #15

    Regarding the story, I honestly cannot remember watching this guy play. Admittedly, the Scottish league is not one I go out of my way to watch (no offence Scotland, just rather watch German, Dutch, Italian or South American games), althoug I will be taking an interest next year in the new firm derby with my pet-team Partick Thistle playing in the top flight.

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  • numba9

    Jun 13, 2013 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #16

    I don’t agree with this sponsor and I won’t be buying the shirt the quality of the shirts are bad enough then to advertise such a leech of a firm on front is a joke morally wrong

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  • jayphoto

    Jun 13, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #17

    Forrest would be a decent addition but Celtic are losing wanyama and hooper this summer! Also heard Liverpool are looking very closely at Forster! cant see them letting all 4 of their best players go!They won’t need to sell and hes celtic thru and thru, he wouldnt push a move! Not to mention they want stupid money for their players….

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  • q8igeordie

    Jun 13, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #19

    its not a big issue .. if cisse doesnt want to wear the shirt .. then he doesnt have to

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  • Robby Bobson

    Jun 13, 2013 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #20

    Forrest isnt that brilliant, reminds me alot of shame ferguson.

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  • rainrix

    Jun 13, 2013 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #21

    Spoof…. But banks charge interest no? So shouldn’t he object to the virgin money logo or playing in the barclays premier league if its nothing to do with rates? Both charge interest on loans. Try not to get to much into religion here but he’s chosen a funny time to start objecting.

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  • AndyNUFC

    Jun 13, 2013 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #22

    Getting quite a sore neck craning to look up at a few on here who are snugly sat on the moral high ground.

    If I had to pay off a holiday, but was skint from repairing my boiler, but had to pay it off within the next week, before I got paid – why not get a quick cash fix and pay back with interest?

    You seem to believe it’s all Wongas fault for being a business that is hugely successful by charging high interest rates – sorry, but is it not the customer who opts to take the money, with conditions fully accepted?

    Not to mention the cheap labour NUFC / Sports Direct use to get shirt profits, the rate fixing of the Barclays sponsor of the Premier League and even the extortionate price of a pie and a coke at the match!

    Being a muslim, for Cisse though, just means he doesn’t have to wear a sponsored shirt – but then he shouldn’t wear Barclays on the arm, or Nike boots, for the poor people stung by the companies for reasons worse than a payday loans company. Pathetic.

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  • ledonkey

    Jun 13, 2013 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #23

    Whether its 1% interest or 10000% interest it doesnt matter… if he is against interest then hes against interest and should not have worn the Virgin Money shirt either.

    He is just trying to engineer a move.

    I personally wouldnt care if Cisse, Cabaye & HBA all left this summer due to;

    1. They are all class on their day, but over 50% of the time either injured, lost in the game or bang average.
    2. We would get over 50m for those 3 together
    3. I have full confidence in GC finding 3 unknown replacements for <5m who will want to play for the club and will end up worth 20m+

    Aubamneyang Please 😀

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  • Spoof

    Jun 13, 2013 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #24

    q8
    If Wonga are ok with Cisse not wearing the logo, then it’s not a problem, Wonga are paying good money to advertise so by rights they could claim a discount due to one of our star players not wearing the logo, from Wonga’s point of view, would they be happy if our star players refused to wear the shirt, it could be tricky, I’m not saying that Cisse is right or wrong, but it could be a problem, if I was advertising and then found out that my advert had been taken away from a prime spot, which is what Cisse’s shirt would be, I wouldn’t be too happy about that, especially if I was still getting charged full price.

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  • numba9

    Jun 13, 2013 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #25

    All well and good making the rich vultures richer while they palm you off with rubbish bit like how mike likes to do his job too only one loser at end of the day

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  • Robby Bobson

    Jun 13, 2013 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #26

    Andynufc….im sure wonga has helped many people who have used their service properly…high interest rates when you look at the apr but thats not what they are for….

    I just see it as a way of cisse angling for a big money move.

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  • rainrix

    Jun 13, 2013 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #27

    Andy… Who’s taking the moral high ground? We’re talking about why cisses suddenly starting to object to it and why he hasn’t bothered doing it sooner if its such a big issue to him.

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  • Spoof

    Jun 13, 2013 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #28

    rainrix
    that’s exactly my point, why object to Wonga and not Virgin or Barclays, it’s exactly the same situation, the charging of interest, and why is it only a problem to him and not Tiote or Ben Arfa ? it just seems a bit odd to me !

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  • rainrix

    Jun 13, 2013 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #29

    Spoof… Sorry mate misinterpreted your post 🙂 It is a bit random and sudden like, we’ve know for a while they were going to be our sponsors. I hope not but he might be angling for a move as people have said.

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  • AndyNUFC

    Jun 13, 2013 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #30

    rainrix, “numba9” seems to not even want to buy the shirt with Wonga on it! Maybe he can nip over the China and grab a discounted one, or even India and just wait until the building collapses and nab it for free.

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  • Barras

    Jun 13, 2013 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #31

    “I wouldn’t care if Cisse, Cabaye & HBA all left this summer”.

    “I have full confidence in GC finding 3 unknown replacements”.

    I am so tired of Newcastle United fans and probably Mike Ashley having this mindset. What is the point in having stability in the management department if we don’t have stability in the team?

    The 5 signings in January unequivocally revealed that we are creating our team around Yohan Cabaye. He is the centrepiece of our team. So if you sell the centrepiece of our team, the most popular player in the dressing room, and the playmaker, what is going to happen?

    Debuchy will be unsettled, Gouffran will be unsettled, M’Biwa will be unsettled etc. Oh let me guess, you have full confidence that Carr could find another 3 unknown replacements for £5m?

    We have a very strong team at the minute, just look at our CB’s: Coloccini, Taylor and M’Biwa. We have not had that strength for that position in years, and now we are looking at Douglas to strengthen the ranks even more.

    If we can collectively sell Williamson, Gosling, Ameobi and Obertan, or any of those players, keep the rest of our squad, sign 1 CB , 1 winger and 1 striker and a Technical Advisor, then we will be ready to challenge for the top 6.

    If we sell Cabaye, Coloccini, Ben Arfa et al, then we will return to square one.

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  • Robby Bobson

    Jun 13, 2013 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #32

    Lets be honest, im sure wonga arent worrying too much about it anyway, cisse refusing to wear the logo is generating more press for them than they did if he just wore it.

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  • numba9

    Jun 13, 2013 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #33

    Rather wear the retro ones Andy doesn’t make me any less a fan or bother me keeping up with the Jones’s in what’s new, that’s what the wonga mentality wants sell outs

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  • Robby Bobson

    Jun 13, 2013 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #34

    Barras….

    To be honest the only player i feel is totally unreplaceable is ben arfa….we would never be able to get a player with his ability.

    I would say the same about cabaye but he needs to be more consistant. Should come if he stays fit all season mind.

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  • rainrix

    Jun 13, 2013 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #35

    Andy… Ah okay missed that post :), well its his choice really. But to be honest people can morally object to most things going given the PC society we live in.

    Must admit i don’t particularly like the name. “Wonga”. Stupid sounding, can i boycott it on them moral grounds 🙂

    Actually im juddering just thinking SJP could’ve ended up as the wonga arena 🙁

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  • JAMSHA

    Jun 13, 2013 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #36

    sell cisse if he wana cry about the wonga thing… these nuts do many illeagal thing behind..

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  • JAMSHA

    Jun 13, 2013 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #37

    sell cisse get bony and pea/gemrio

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  • low fell mag

    Jun 13, 2013 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #38

    Great piece by Barras log 31 ,couldn’t agree more .Spot on.

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  • hadthetshirt

    Jun 13, 2013 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #39

    I’ve seen this young lad play quite a bit and he is a great prospect.Why would he give up Champions league football to come here under pardew.
    Also all this Cisse rubbish.If the lad has a problem with the shirt fair enough just take the wonga writing off it,problem solved.I think the media is fueling the fire and not Cisse himself.Mind even I would be cheesed off being made to play on the wing and put 23 up front.Which brings me to the he has played (23) under loads of managers and not one tried to sell him.That might be true but did any one of them try and buy him when they moved on No.

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  • LooneyToon41

    Jun 13, 2013 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #40

    @31. Barras. Well said, some common sense for once.

    Please NOOO to Bent. He’s a mercenary.

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