Lennon irked by Redknapp comments on James Forrest

Celtic manager Neil Lennon says he is disappointed that Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp publicly discussed his interest in striker James Forrest.

Redknapp sent his chief scout to watch Forrest in Saturday's 0-0 draw with Hibernian in Glasgow on Saturday and was impressed by the reports.

"I don't like other managers talking about players who are contracted to our club," said Lennon.

"James is progressing very well and we want him to progress here."

Spurs' chief scout, Ian Broomfield, returned to London impressed by the 20-year-old, although Redknapp told BBC Scotland he was a long way from contacting Lennon to enquire about availability.

It doesn't surprise me that other clubs are sending their scouts to watch him because he has been playing so well and so consistently

Neil Lennon Celtic manager

Lennon said he could understand why clubs like Spurs were interested in Forrest given the player's current rich vein of form, and admitted that Redknapp had perhaps been forced to comment on why his scout attended Celtic Park.

"I've got great respect for Harry and I suppose he was asked the question out of context," said Lennon.

"We think James is an important player for us and he's only going to get better.

"It doesn't surprise me that other clubs are sending their scouts to watch him because he has been playing so well and so consistently."

Forrest made his debut for Celtic in May 2010 and won his first senior Scotland cap against the Republic of Ireland in May.

Although they were goalless against Hibs on Saturday, Celtic had beaten the Edinburgh side 4-1 in the Scottish Communities League Cup three days earlier, with Forrest scoring two crucial second-half goals.

He has now scored 10 times for Celtic since his debut against Hearts last season.