Celtic’s glitterati could be set for a new addition this season.

The latest name, however, eschews the glamour and the cockiness of those who hog the headlines with James Forrest one of the most unassuming contributors to the list of those and such as those who adorn the Parkhead history books.

It could be a season of particular note for Forrest as he knocks on the door of various Celtic centurion clubs. Currently just 10 goals shy of becoming only the 30th player to net 100 goals for the Hoops – Leigh Griffiths and John Hartson were the most recent – Forrest is just three games away from a particular European landmark.

Celtic captain Scott Brown made history two years ago when he became the first Scot to play 100 games in European competition. Progression into the group stages of the Europa League this season would, barring any kind of substantial injury, open the door for Forrest to join him.

“Having played with him, I am fully signed up to his fanclub,” said his former team-mate Erik Sviatchenko. “And that is before I knew about the kind of company that he could be keeping. He was one of those players that you could give the ball to in a really tight area and know that he could keep it. He is quite unorthodox in the position he plays but I think he was so loved by the players because he did so much for the team.

“If you are a forward he is there really helping with the assists and if you are in defence or midfield then he is always looking to take the ball.”

There’s more , too. Henrik Larsson boasts the record for European goals for Celtic – 35 for those who like to keep count – but in second place is the iconic Jimmy Johnstone. Forrest needs four goals this term to leapfrog Chris Sutton, Bobby Lennox, Griffiths, Steve Chalmers and Willie Wallace and head into joint second with a player who perennially tops Celtic’s greatest player charts.

Neil Lennon’s side will face Latvian side Riga tomorrow night and, if successful, will go on to a Europa league play-off against either Sarajevo or Buducnost Podgoria. Any sustained European run this term will surely see Forrest’s status elevated into that elite bracket.

If that isn’t a sufficient enough body of evidence to prove his worth to Celtic over the last decade it is worth considering that the likelihood if that Forrest will become the most decorated player in Celtic’s history.

The winger currently boasts a haul of 19 winners’ medals, a return that currently places him fourth in the table of Celtic greats. Bobby Lennox on 25, Billy McNeill on 23 and Brown on 21 sit above him. It should be pointed out that none were within reach of those figures when still under the age of 30.

It is odd, then, that Forrest might be the only Celtic player whose contribution is routinely played down by his own support. There isn’t a song, he is one of the first who feels the wrath of a disgruntles support if things don’t go right on the pitch and he rarely gets the credit both his longevity and input deserve.

“Scotland is very good at honouring their heroes but I think it might be when James stops playing that the appreciation of what he does really hits home,” said Sviatchenko. “I am not sure why that is but James is a lot the same both off the park and on it.

“At training I do not think I ever once saw him in a bad mood. He was always smiling. But he is also very relaxed in himself. When he signed a new contract when Brendan Rodgers came in, I think he was settled within his own mind that he would be probably be a Celtic player for the entirety of his career.

“He might not be a player that there is a lot of noise around. But you can be assured that those who play alongside him know exactly what he brings. He can take so much pressure off and he also worked very hard at adding more goals and important goals to his game.

“When you think that he can really take his place around the legends of the club it really brings it home just how instrumental he has been at Celtic. For anyone to be at a club like Celtic with all the pressure and all the demands for more than a decade – I think it is 12 seasons – and to make such an important contribution is quite extraordinary.

“James is quite a private person. He is very humble and you would never know to speak to him that he might end his career as the most decorated player ever at Celtic. That is really something but he is someone who never seems to have a lot of fuss around him.

“When he gets to the end of his career, people will see just how much he offered Celtic.”