I will be honest, I was one of those hoping the door would hit James Forrest on the arse on his way out of Paradise when he rejected a contract under Ronny Deila.
To be fair, I can understand why he wanted to leave, Ronny by his own admission wasn’t taking the playing group forward and he is in the prime of his footballing life.
But under Brendan Rodgers, Forrest has revolutionised his game, I believe this is for 2 reasons, firstly and adjustment in attitude and secondly understanding his limitations.
On the second point, I don’t believe I am alone in stating that James Forrest isn’t a 90-minute player, when overworked he often succumbs to the first issue, attitude.
His attitude under Rodgers has been remarkable, he is maturing into a true professional and this is borne out in the results he has produced in these last 16 months.
Knowing that he is expected to run himself into the ground for 60 odd minutes and come off as part of a plan and not a sanction has worked wonders for him.
In past seasons he often looked disinterested, lazy even petulant, of late the lexicon has changed to energetic, vibrant and decisive.
The changes are there for all to see.
Sharing the right wing spot for 90 minutes with Patrick Roberts has brought the best out of Forrest, he has to be at his best to keep the 12 million pound man on the bench.
I would dearly love to see Paddy ink a permanent contract at Paradise, we all would, but James Forrest deserves a bumper new contract extension as are becoming the norm at Parkhead.
We found out recently we are spending over double the Newco on wages, long may that continue and with James now in the second year of a 3 year contract he deserves to be signed up for the 10 in a row.
At only 26 years of age, his best football is ahead of him, the Bhoy that signed for Celtic at just 13 has been at the club half his life, he deserves a chance to write himself into Celtic folklore.
With the 10 in a row very much alive, Celtic will need loyal servants who score in big games, be it the 3 winning Cup finals he has scored in or the winner vs Shaktar Karagandy that brought Champions League football and money to Celtic Park.
Nearly halfway through his contract, he must be secured long-term, we have seen the worst of him and heard it from him too, now it is time to see the best of him and give him a contract that would see him eligible for a testimonial.
Imagine saying that 18 months ago?
What an amazing transformation we have seen.
Still my favourite memory from James Forrest.