Celtic's James Forrest, Scott Brown and Leigh Griffiths expected to sign new contracts

Celtic's James Forrest, Leigh Griffiths and Scott Brown celebrate
James Forrest, Leigh Griffiths and Scott Brown are first-team stalwarts

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers expects captain Scott Brown and Scotland internationals Leigh Griffiths and James Forrest to sign new contracts.

Rodgers said striker Griffiths, 28, and Brown, 33, had made clear that they "want to be here".

Winger Forrest, 27, has come through the Scottish champions' youth system.

"James and his people will be speaking with the club and, likewise, a player we would love to extend here," Rodgers said.

"Because he has been absolutely brilliant in my time here."

Brown signed from Hibernian in 2007, while Griffiths arrived from Wolverhampton Wanderers in 2014.

"We are pretty close on Leigh," Rodgers added. "He clearly wants to be here, we want him to be here, so that will be good news. We think that is not too far away.

"Scott has made it clear he wants to be here and I am sure there will be a deal done pretty soon on that.

"He is quite relaxed about it. He knows what we think of him here at the club, so hopefully that will be done."

'Oran is a good guy' - Rodgers

Rodgers' Celtic travel to Paisley on Friday to face a St Mirren side who will have new manager Oran Kearney in the dug out for the first time.

His fellow compatriot says he has been impressed by what Kearney did in Northern Ireland and is looking forward to going up against the former Coleraine manager.

"I spoke to Oran in the summer when he was initially going for the job back then," said Rodgers.

"I don't know him personally but I know of his work back in Northern Ireland and when I spoke to him at length on the phone he was a good guy who's obviously very clear and ambitious in terms of how he wants to work.

"I look forward to seeing him at the game and wish him well after tomorrow night of course."

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