James Forrest has turned down a four-year contract offer in favour of seeing what other options are available.
Ronny Deila revealed that Celtic made a very reasonable offer for Forrest and was very disappointed to see him turn the offer down.
As quoted by the Glasgow Evening Times, he said:
We made him a very good offer. We offered him a contract and he has turned it down. I am disappointed on a personal level because we want to keep all of our good players at the club.
But it has been made clear that he does not want to sign it. It was a good deal, a very good deal, that the club offered him and I don’t think that there could be any complaints on his part about it. It was a solid offer from the club.
He has told us that he wishes to see what his other options are. He wants to know what else there is. It is disappointing but I think that will be it from us.
James is a great player and he is a player that we feel can get better. It is disappointing that he does not see his future with Celtic.
The 24-year-old winger has spent the entirety of his professional career at Celtic, scoring 30 goals and assisting on 27 occasions in 187 appearances.
Forrest has continually struggled with injury since breaking into the Celtic side in 2010, however, this is the first season he hasn’t been out through injury or spent time on the treatment table.
He impressed in his first season so much so that he was awarded with the PFA Young Player of the Year Award, but hasn’t followed that up with a consistent run of form.
The competition for places in Deila’s side has limited him to just 18 starts in 32 appearances this season.
With Celtic unlikely to offer Forrest another deal before his contract expires at the end of the year, the club will look to cash in during the summer.