Spurs keen on Celtic winger

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Updated: October 31, 2011

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has confirmed he is monitoring Celtic winger James Forrest.

Despite revealing his interest in the young winger, Redknapp admitted he was a long way off bidding for him. He sent his chief scout to watch Celtic’s 0-0 draw with Hibernian at the weekend. The Scottish international has already scored 6 goals this season after breaking into the starting eleven and establishing himself as one of Neil Lennon’s regulars.

At just 21 year of age, Forrest has already made four appearances for Scotland’s senior side and has received glowing reports from some of the games top pundits. Lennon publicly criticised his players following the draw with Hibs but exempt Forrest from the criticism because of his performance.

Redknapp told BBC Scotland: “We have had good reports of what is obviously a good player. But he belongs to Celtic and that’s as far as it’s gone.

“It is just about having reports on people, you put them on the file and you keep looking. We haven’t gone any further. If we were to go any further, I would phone Neil and have a chat with him about the boy.

“It was just that Ian decided to have a look at him, but it was the first report on him really. Ian says he’s a talent. I haven’t seen the boy play. I have seen him on TV and bits and pieces, but I would want to see him in a couple of games if I was ever going to do anything.”

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