Celtic winger James Forrest unfazed by Tottenham interest

James Forrest (left) celebrates
Forrest (left) opened the scoring in Celtic's 2-0 win away to St Mirren

Celtic winger James Forrest says he is not affected by the interest shown in him by Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp.

The 20-year-old winger has been watched by Spurs scouts, but he told BBC Scotland that he is fully committed to achieving success with Celtic.

"It is obviously good to hear, but it doesn't bother me," he said about his name being linked with English clubs.

"The main thing is I want to keep playing well with Celtic."

Forrest returned to Celtic's starting line-up on Saturday following injury and scored his side's opening goal in a 2-0 win away to St Mirren that stretched their lead to four points over reigning champions Rangers.

But, asked if he had ambitions to leave the Scottish Premier League one day for England's top-flight, the Scotland winger said: "I am not thinking about it. We've still got the second half of the season to go with Celtic.

"It is still early doors right now and all we need to do is hopefully keep our good run going and keep winning games.

"As long as I'm doing well and the team's doing well, I am happy."

Celtic face Falkirk in the semi-final of the Scottish Communities League Cup on Sunday.

The First Division side have already claimed two SPL scalps on their way to Hampden, knocking out Rangers and Dundee United.

"We know they have put out good teams this year, so it is going to be a hard game," said Forrest.

"But, if you are going to win cups, you have to beat good teams and hopefully it'll be the same on Sunday."

Prestwick-born Forrest still lives in Ayrshire, but he was keeping his cards close to his chest about who he would like to progress from the previous day's semi-final.

"Obviously a lot of my pals will be going to the game and it'll be good for the fans, but I wouldn't want to say who I want to go through," he said of the game between Ayr United and Kilmarnock.

Beating Falkirk then whoever wins the Ayrshire derby was what was foremost on his mind and not interest from the likes of Spurs, Forrest insisted.

"We want to win the league and we want to win the two cups as well and that's what I'm thinking about as well," he said.

Redknapp had reiterated his admiration for Forrest after Spurs' 3-2 defeat by Manchester City.

"He's a good player," said the Tottenham boss. "He's a player we have watched, but he belongs to Celtic

"We've not made any bids. If we did, I'd speak to Neil Lennon.

"At the moment, we're not really in the market to do anything. We're looking at a few options, but nothing definite."

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