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Strachan explains why he selected Forrest and not Celtic's in-form trio

Scotland manager Gordon Strachan has explained why he selected Celtic's James Forrest in his latest squad.

Celtic manager Gordon Strachan explained via STV why he selected Celtic’s James Forrest in his latest Scotland international squad.

The boss chose to overlook the in form Bhoys trio of Gary Mackay-Steven, Stuart Armstrong and Leigh Griffiths much to the bemusement of many fans.

However, Strachan has defended the decision, claiming Forrest can do things his teammates can’t which makes him unique.

“He has ability to do things that other people can’t do, he can eliminate players and in today’s modern game, that’s so beneficial,” said Strachan.

“The art of beating people is something, which is still a real plus.”

It was a bizarre announcement considering the unselected trio have all featured regularly under Ronny Deila, who has just won his first trophy at the Scottish club.

Deila will be hoping that Forrest can use the imminent spell with the Scotland side to revitalise his form and to play a big part for the Bhoys over the rest of the season.

There is also a silver lining in relation to the unselected trio, with the upcoming international break allowing them with an opportunity to secure some extra rest.

Forrest has made just nine starts in all competitions for Celtic this season, with GMS and Armstrong already halfway towards overhauling his Scottish Premiership appearances for this season.

It’s now down to him to justify Strachan’s decision and to put some pressure back on Deila.

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