Returning winger James Forrest has targeted the Scotland European Championship squad as he looks to get back to full fitness.

As quoted by the Scotsman, Forrest made a successful return to the Celtic starting 11 after months of layoff due to injury, scoring the first of three goals and picking up Man of the Match in the process.

“It feels great to start and to top it off with a goal was great.

“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.

“Ask any player and they will tell you they want to be involved this summer. Everyone’s buzzing that we have qualified and I definitely want to go. There’s no hiding that.

“I just want to play as many games as I can between now and hope that helps.’ The manager [Clarke] has been great. Right from the start, he has made me feel part of it. I hope I have a chance.”

Going into the summer, Scotland will be preparing to play in their first international tournament since 1998.

So, the winger who turns 30-year old this summer will certainly look to make that squad after missing out on the last few due to his injury problems which started all the way back in September and led to him being out of action for months.

He showed his worth to the Celtic side once again, opening the scoring in the Hoops Scottish Cup tie yesterday against Falkirk, going on to win the game 3-0 in the end.

A player of Forrest’s quality will definitely be playing on the mind of Scotland manager Steve Clarke and a strong end to the season could mean he gets picked for that 23-man squad.


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