JAMES FORREST reckons the Celtic feelgood factor will be a boost for Scotland in tonight’s World Cup qualifier against Lithuania in Vilnius this evening.

The winger is one of a six-man delegation from the champions which includes skipper Scott Brown, keeper Craig Gordon, defender Kieran Tierney.midfielder Stuart Armstrong and striker Leigh Griffiths.

Forrest said: “There are so many of the Celtic boys here and I think that’s good for Scotland because Celtic are doing so well and the players are confident.

“We can only take that into the national team and help Scotland, as well.

“The other players here are confident, too, and they are doing well at their clubs.


“I think you’ve seen that in the results and we’re ready to give it our best and, hopefully, get two more good results for Scotland.

“With Celtic, you are playing in Europe and you are testing yourself against players who play Champions League football.

“That’s what you want to do. International level is similar to Champions League, so getting the experience of that definitely helps.”

Forrest believes that if his Hoops team-mates can handle the pressure cookers of Astana and Rosenborg, then they can handle the 5,067-capacity national stadium.

He added: “It’s a test of character going to places like Kazakhstan or Norway.

“These are different games and places and they all add up to give you experience and make you become a better player.

“It’s different players, different nationalities and different ways of playing, so you get to test yourself against different levels.

“The Lithuania game will be hard, but the boys will be able to cope.”


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