James Forrest is hitting new career heights with his goals for Scotland at the weekend.
The winger’s two goals were his first for his country which only shows his massive progression this season.
Forrest is arguably Celtic’s player of the season, scoring nine goals and providing 12 assists.
Forrest’s Scotland story
He helped kick-start Scotland’s Nations League campaign with an impressive solo effort for his first.
It’s his second that fans are raving about, as he flicked the ball over a defender and smashed a volley into the net.
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Scotland will face Israel at Hampden Park on Tuesday night in a must win fixture.
Manager Alex McLeish will look to Forrest for inspiration and influence against a tougher opponent who has already defeated his side this year.
Future is no longer looking bleak at Celtic
His future at Celtic was in doubt for a couple of seasons with Patrick Roberts playing out his skin and winning fans’ approval.
With Brendan Rodgers’ failure to capture the Englishman in the summer, Forrest has risen to the occasion.
Roberts is experiencing a tough time at Girona while Forrest is grasping his opportunity.
Forrest’s biggest feat to date was against St Johnstone, firing four of Celtic’s six goals.
The winger also helped Celtic to this year’s League Cup final with a semi final goal against Hearts.
At 27, the pacy attacker is approaching the average peak age for a footballer. His future at Celtic is also guaranteed as he is currently contracted to 2022.
The right-wing position is being made his own as Lewis Morgan can’t even get close to him.
After being at the club for 15 years, Forrest is finally experiencing what it’s like to be one of Celtic’s important players. Rodgers can also take credit for his development as his game has improved tenfold.
If big clubs come calling, the manager must make sure Forrest repays his backing in him.