Forrest Eyes Scotland Chance as Celtic Winger Says He’s Raring to Go

James Forrest is fully fit and is ready to make an impact at the Euros. Yesterday he sent out that message to the Steve Clarke and he’ll have one final chance to impress the Scotland manager when Celtic travel through to play Hibs in the final match of the season tomorrow.

Forrest’s hat-trick against Israel won Scotland their place in the Play-offs but while his ability to grab a goal or three will be noted by Clarke, it’s really going to come down to how the Scotland boss assesses the Celtic winger’s fitness after just a few games back after being out since last September.

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“I’m feeling good,” Jamesy said, as reported by Glasgow Times. “The last couple of months have been good for me to get back into the routine of training. I’ve been building up my fitness in the games and been buzzing to be back. I’ve been loving being out there with the boys playing again.

“I haven’t talked with Steve Clarke recently because I’ve only really been focusing on Celtic and getting back playing. The last camp (for the Qatar 2022 qualifiers back in March) came too early for me as I’d only played 10 minutes. The other boys had been doing really well too.

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“But I spoke to him a couple of camps earlier. He obviously has so many boys to choose from but I just want to stay fit and be part of it.

“Once the boys qualified everyone was buzzing for the finals. As a player you want to play against the best players and the best teams. Scotland haven’t been at a tournament for so long that everyone wants to be part of it.

“Let’s hope I can be. I’m feeling good again and don’t really want the season to end. But hopefully that’ll help me next season too when some boys may want a break and I’ll be raring to go.”

Photo: Andrew Milligan

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