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James Forrest the one club man: where it began

One of Scotland’s strengths at the Euros may come from Celtic winger James Forrest. His career achievement brings a lot to the national team as he knows the game well considering he is Celtic’s second most decorated player and sits just one trophy away from Bobby Lennox. James Forrest has also been recognised for being a one-club man after beginning his career for the hoops back in 2003, joining the team’s youth academy.

The 32-year-old winger has already bagged himself 41 senior caps for Scotland and will hope to add to that during the coming campaign in Germany. Forrest had cemented his place in the final squad for the Euro 2024 after showing promising performance in Scotland’s friendlies against Gibraltar and Finland where he helped turn around a bad run of recent form for the National team.

As a young player, Forrest was widely regarded as one of the brightest talents in the Scottish game. In November 2011, the Scottish Football Association’s performance director, Mark Wotte, described him as being “the light in the darkness” of Scottish football and it is clear to see he has well achieved that.

Forrest as a young player truly showed his talent and qualities which earned him his first senior cap in 2011, Forrest played at every youth level for Scotland, winning 13 caps for the U19 team, and scoring two goals in four caps for the U21s. He made his senior international debut on 29 May 2011 against the Republic of Ireland. He also went on to win back-to-back club young POTY awards in the 2010/11 and 2011/12 seasons. Forrest had earned himself a treble of awards in the 2011/12 campaign as he also bagged both:

  • SFWA Young Player of the Year: 2011–12
  • PFA Scotland Young Player of the Year: 2011–12

To add to his club’s Young POTY award.

The Euros campaign is now no stranger to Forrest as he was involved in the Euro 2020, coming off the bench against the Czech Republic. Everyone is looking forward to seeing what is in store for the Euros but it’s down to the players which begins on Friday night against Germany in the opening game.

Let’s hope we see something special from Scotland this campaign!

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