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Celtic young gun Forrest coming along in leaps and bounds

Celtic winger James Forrest is making an impact in Scottish football at the moment.

The 19-year old enjoyed an extremely positive season from an individual point of view, making 19 Scottish Premier League, scoring three goals and receiving his first Scotland senior call-up.

Ahead of this summer's trip to Australia for a three-game tour against the Perth Glory, Central Coast Mariners and Melbourne Victory, Forrest said things for him are much different this time around to what they were the last time the Hoops traveled Down Under.

"I think when they last went to Australia we were in a tournament in Villarreal and I was just playing a few tournaments with the 19s. It just shows you if you stick at, you never know what will happen," he said.

"It was good last summer. You are away a few weeks and obviously there is a lot of hard training but it's enjoyable as there is a bit of variety going somewhere else instead of just going somewhere in Scotland.

"A lot of the boys have been to Australia before and have said it's really nice. We will have three hard games over there and will do a bit of running so hopefully we come back fitter and better for the new season."

And what's more, Forrest made his first Scotland start in the 1-0 loss to Republic of Ireland in the 2011 Carling Nations Cup final on Sunday in Dublin. Although the team lost he was thrilled to be a part of it.

"It was my first start with Scotland and it was good to get a call-up and to start the first game with the national team at 19 was unbelievable so I was buzzing," he added.

"Obviously, I have done better than I expected this season, so now I want to push on and do more next season and better myself - that's my main objective."

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