James Forrest made his first start for Celtic since September against Falkirk on Saturday evening in the 3rd Round of the Scottish Cup and has now set his sights on winning a place in Steve Clarke’s Scotland squad for the Euros this summer.
The winger has been a huge loss to club and country since injuring his ankle in the Europa League qualifier against RC Riga last September. But after making his scoring comeback in the starting line-up for Celtic, Forrest is targeting winning back his place in the national side.
“Ask any player and they will tell you they want to be involved this summer,” Jamesy admitted after the 3-0 win at the weekend. “Everyone’s buzzing that we have qualified and I want to be part of it in the summer. I definitely want to go.
“There’s no hiding that. I just want to play as many games as I can between now and the end of the season and hopefully that helps my case.
“The manager has been great. Right from the start he has made me feel part of it. Hopefully I have a chance,” Jamesy said, as reported by Glasgow Times.
Forrest was also delighted to have got back into John Kennedy’s starting XI on Saturday and hopes to build-up a run of games for Celtic before the season is over.
“I’m delighted to have started,” Forrest added. “I came on in the last couple of games but it feels great to start and to top it off with a goal was great.
“It was good to help out the team and get into the next round. Since the turn of the year I’ve been training hard and I’ve felt my fitness levels get back up. That’s definitely helped me.”