The Scot bagged a brace and many Derby fans are now asking why the striker isn't in the Scotland squad.
He certainly staked a claim during a sensational win over Wolverhampton and boss Steve McClaren was delighted with his side.
McClaren told Sky Sports: “The players deserve great credit for what they did.
“We were just so focused. We got to the top of the league before and lost our focus a little bit. Even when the score was five, we kept going. We had everything today.
“The amount of scorers we’ve got is important. It was a team performance. I’ll look back on this game and think ‘wow.’
“It’s been a tough period and they [the players] need a little break. We showed what this team is capable of doing today.”
Cue a heap of praise from Derby fans for the goalscorer on Twitter after the game.
There were several standout performers against Wolves, of course, with Jeff Hendrick also scoring twice, while Ryan Shotton scored and Will Hughes once again impressed.
But, finally enjoying a run of games, Russell is starting to show exactly what he is capable of at Pride Park. Derby's players can now enjoy a period of rest during the international break - although Russell would no doubt prefer to be involved with the Scottish national side. According to Derby fans, he certainly deserves to be...
Said Russell would probably score after 5 minutes, looks such a threat. #dcfc— Ryan Draper (@Ryan_27) November 8, 2014
A day when everything clicked. Fantastic performance! Russell and Omar outstanding. #dcfc— Chloe Knowles (@chloeknowlesx) November 8, 2014
@johnnyrussell27 Great performance again today Super Johnny Russell— jayne hayward (@jaynehayward1) November 8, 2014
I think @johnnyrussell27 is my new hero! Another great performance— James Baker (@james7baker) November 8, 2014
Johnny Russell with the front flip hahaha simply too good for them! #COYR— George (@GeorgeMackay4) November 8, 2014
Johnny Russell say no more!!!— Cheri Downey (@73Cheri) November 8, 2014