Livingston’s new signing Alan Forrest desperate to step out of the shadow of Celtic winger brother James

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ALAN FORREST admits he is desperate to step out of the shadow of brother James after completing his move to Livingston.

The 23-year-old has penned a two-year deal on a pre-contract, knocking back interest from Dundee and Partick Thistle to join his older sibling in the Premiership.

After seven seasons with Ayr United, the move will give the Scotland under-21 cap the chance to play against the Celtic winger for the first time ever as a professional.

Alan’s brother James in action for Celtic (Pic: Ailura)

But, despite also playing on the flanks, he is hopeful of avoiding any comparisons as he strives to make a name for himself.

He said: “I am delighted to have signed for Livi. I have been at Ayr a long time and have had some great times there but I felt it was time for a new challenge. 

“I have never played in the Premiership before either, which was a big selling point for me and I am looking forward to it. 

“In my time with Ayr, we have played a lot of Premiership clubs, like Rangers, Hibs and St Johnstone, but we have never played against Celtic.  

“So it will be good to come up against him in the top-flight.

“We have never played against one another before at all, other than in the back garden or the park when we were younger! So it will be a bit strange.

“Obviously folk are going to talk about James, that’s going to come with it.

“But, for me, I just want to do it myself and set my own targets. 

“James has obviously done excellently now for years at the top level but I try not to compare myself to him.

“I just stick to myself and do the best I can.”

Forrest did ask his brother for advice before plumping for Livingston – and he is convinced he made the right choice.

He added: “It was a difficult decision to leave Ayr as I have enjoyed my time at the club and have a lot of friends there, but I thought this was the right time to try something new.

“I spoke to my brother and my dad, as we speak a lot about things. We all thought it was the right move for me.

“Livingston is a good club who, in the last few years, have done well, earning back-to-back promotions and then making themselves a stable Premiership club.

“They have had a good season and I wanted to be part of that.”

 
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