Forrest Bursts on to the Scotland Scene
Byline: MARK WILSON
CELTIC youngster James Forrest will today cap his breakthrough season by being named in the Scotland squad for this month's Carling Nations Cup double-header. The 19-year-old winger has impressed national boss Craig Levein since being granted first-team exposure at Parkhead by Neil Lennon. And that has landed Forrest the chance of a first senior Scotland appearance in the Dublin meetings with Wales, on May 25, or the Republic of Ireland four days later. The Parkhead prospect, who has already won honours at Under-21 level, has started 17 games for Celtic this season and scored three goals. Sportsmail revealed last week that Ross McCormack will also be involved for the first time under Levein following a late-season flourish at Leeds United. The former Rangers, Motherwell and Cardiff forward previously earned five caps when George Burley was in charge of Scotland.
Meanwhile, a Celtic Park tribute match for John Kennedy -- scheduled for this Sunday -- has been cancelled amid the security fears surrounding Lennon. The game was due to pitch the current first-team squad against members of the side that reached the 2003 UEFA Cup Final and will now take place at a later, unspecified date.
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From Back Page the club's scouting staff after a knee injury forced his retirement from playing, felt it would be inappropriate to stage the game following a turbulent few months for Lennon. …