Mackay linked with Celtic raid

Last Updated: Mon, 28 Oct 2013 09:12
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Celtic boss Neil Lennon has warned his counterpart at Cardiff, Malky Mackay, to forget about signing Hoops starlet James Forrest.

The 22-year-old has caught they eye this season with some great performances in the Celtic frontline and Mackay has been linked with a move in January.

However, Lennon has told the Bluebirds boss to forget about signing him and believes people are deliberately trying to unsettle the player, who is on a long-term deal at Parkhead.

He said: "It wouldn't be a surprise if other clubs were looking at James because he is a brilliant player. But he signed a long-term contract 18 months ago. We are months and months away from the window - he is not for sale.

"I don't know if people are trying to unsettle players here. It's as if everyone wants me to sell a player every month - people talked about Virgil van Dijk, Scott Brown, Fraser Forster and now James. These players are not going anywhere."

Lennon added: "We are in a very stable position as a club and that is something which is a rarity in this day and age.

"The players are happy, vibrant and we have a lot to look forward to. We are on a great run domestically and we're in a hell of a group in the Champions League where we have competed brilliantly in all three games."

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