McLeish believes Forest are good enough to clinch promotion to the Premier League after more than a decade outside of the top flight.
He said: "Are Forest good enough to get in Premier League? I think so because they are well organised, are tough to beat, are mobile, are a handful.
"They can count themselves unlucky to have gone out of the FA Cup against us.
"Forest are a good side and Billy (Davies) has done a good job and I expect them to be up there."