Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes had some high praise for Celtic star James Forrest ahead of today’s cup final at Hampden, stating his belief that the Scotland international has the quality to shine at English Premier League level.
Forrest has been in lethal form for the Hoops this term, scoring nine goals and assisting 13 times. Also scoring five goals for Scotland in his last two international appearances, there’s arguably no better player in the country right now.
As quoted by The Scottish Sun, McInnes said of the 27-year-old this week:
I think with any big result there are normally key players behind that.
Forrest was obviously the one who topped off a fantastic performance for Scotland with his goals. To not score in 24 internationals and then score five goals in two games is incredible.
Forrest will be feeling really good about himself and rightly so. He has always been a player who has threatened to make the difference and over the last number of years he has found consistency. He could play in the English Premiership with no problem.
The Dons boss will obviously be hoping to see Forrest struggle more at Hampden today than he did against Israel, but his side face an uphill struggle going up against a rampant Celtic team.
After a slow start to the season, Brendan Rodgers has inspired his team to turn around their performances and they’ll be aiming to win their seventh successive domestic trophy.
Forrest will likely be at the heart of it.