JAMES FORREST will never turn his back on Scotland which is a good job as he’s one of our best players.

He’s scored five goals for his country in recent games, including a hat-trick against Israel, but has also tasted what international football, for his country are least, can do with that awful night in Kazakhstan.

More of the former and less of the latter will do.

Forrest said: “.Playing for Celtic helps you with Scotland, which is a big thing for me. After that game against Israel in November, I felt that the atmosphere in the changing room was the best I’d ever experienced with Scotland.

“It felt like a club mentality – everyone was really close and those were a good couple of matches for us.

“Everyone felt really positive but it all turned so quickly. That just underlines that you need to be at it all the time but those two games kicked my international career on and I just want to win as many caps as I can.”

Forrest would be excused for not wanting to risk his body against Cyprus and Belgium in the upcoming European qualifiers.

Whoever get the job will be delighted to learn this key man is ready to report for duty.

Forrest said: “I think that it will be better for everyone – especially the players – once they get the new manager in. It will settle everyone down and then they can pick their squad for these qualifiers in June.

“Those are important games and we need to be ready for them. I just hope that things go well with Celtic and then I’ll be ready to report because I want to play for Scotland as often as possible. I want to be involved in June.”