James Forrest Celtic renaissance not enough for Scotland recall as winger's 'time up'

James Forrest has been told the ship has sailed on his chances of playing more for Scotland.

The winger, 32, has played 24 times for Celtic this season so far and hit six goals but he's been forced to spend most of his time on the bench for the club and play his part as a cameo in a number of games. In the past two fixtures, against Aberdeen and this afternoon at Dundee respectively, he does have three goals and that has had questions thrown up about a potential national team recall for Euro 2024 with the 23-man squads expected to be extended to 26.

Steve Clarke has a number of injury issues to contend with as Scotland boss also and that had Sportsound host Richard Gordon suggesting Forrest.

But Pat Bonner was honest in his assessment that the wide man is unlikely to be re-introduced into the Scotland set-up as he's not played often enough to merit a shout.

"Nah, I don't think he's played enough to justify that," Bonner said.

Host Gordon posed: "So his time's up? He wouldn't be the first player not to be playing regularly to get a game for the national team, would he?"

To which Bonner added: "Possibly so! But I think that day is probably gone. He's 32-years-old now.

"But he has the quality. When you think of the last time Brendan Rodgers was here, they played slightly different in the fact that the wingers or wide men played almost inside. Scott Sinclair started almost into those little pockets and got on the ball and was really effective.

"James played over on the left-hand side today and he did more of that today. The goal came from him being in that position. The quality was there and the finish but his intelligence, and he was given that licence to go, start wide and get on the inside, and I think he did that under Brendan Rodgers a lot more than probably the wingers are being asked to do here.

"Maybe it's a throwback to Ange who asked them to be really wide and play wide, maybe that's something Brendan wanted to keep in the team and that's why James Forrest hasn't been able to get a game."