Scott Brown: Celtic team-mate James Forrest has been 'exceptional' in Scotland training

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Scott Brown has been impressed with James Forrest's displays in Scotland training this week.

Celtic captain Scott Brown has told the Daily Mail that winger James Forrest has been 'exceptional' in Scotland training this week.

Brown, 29, is fresh off winning the Scottish Premiership title with Celtic, but has now turned his attention to international football having played in a 1-0 win against Qatar last week.

Today though, Brown will be pivotal for Gordon Strachan's men as Scotland take on the Republic of Ireland at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin.

With Euro 2016 qualification on the line - and Scotland two points ahead of Ireland - it promises to be a fierce encounter this evening.

Brown is likely to start in the Scotland midfield, and he will relish playing in such a highly-charged game, but speaking to the Daily Mail, he's turned the focus onto one of his Celtic team-mates.

Winger James Forrest is known for being talented but injury-prone, and the 23-year-old is in Strachan's squad for this crucial qualifier.

With pace and dribbling ability, Forrest could be a player to make the difference for Scotland - and Brown hailed him, saying that his performances in training have been 'exceptional'.

"We have a great bunch of lads and some of the new players like Matt Ritchie have been outstanding since they came in. It's great that we are finding guys with any sort of Scottish blood!," said Brown.

"Matt has been great about the place, in training and in games. We have a lot of people who can change games and Matt is one of them. But you also have Barry Bannan, wee Shaun (Maloney) and James Forrest. His pace and the way he has been training has been exceptional," he added.

These comments from Brown will be music to the ears of Celtic fans, who will be willing Forrest to be a key player next season; though his ability to stay clear of injuries will likely dictate his impact under Ronny Deila in the upcoming campaign.

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