WHAT WILL FOR RAMS
Forsyth heads for the R’s home
DERBY star Craig Forsyth may be in for a frosty reception when he reports for international duty with Scotland this time next week.
And it isn’t because this is 23year-old’s first time with the national squad, or because he’s already fallen out with boss Gordon Strachan.
No, it’s because the Scots have chosen to train for their clash with Nigeria at Loftus Road – home of Derby’s play-off final opponents QPR.
Forsyth – along with Rams team-mates Craig Bryson and Chris Martin – will link up with Scotland less than 24 hours after doing battle with the Hoops at Wembley, a game which has been dubbed the richest in football.
For the winners, it’s a £120m bonanza and the glitz and glamour of Premier League football. For the loser, another 46-games of Championship graft.
And whatever happens at Wembley, that trip to West London promises to be uncomfortable.
“Yeah, it’ll be… interesting,” says Forsyth, signed from Watford in the summer for a bargain £150,000.
“When we found out we’d be training at QPR’s training ground we had to laugh. It’s going to be a pretty unusual experience.
“We’re due to report on the 25th, which is the day after the play-off final. But hopefully we’ll have time to do a little bit of celebrating – if we win of course.”
Barely used at Watford, Forsyth has been a virtual ever-present since former England boss Steve McClaren took over from Nigel Clough in October, his pace and attacking instincts integral to Derby’s fast, counter-attacking style.
“I think he has played every game this year,” said Strachan.“If you get picked by Steve McClaren every game then there should be a chance you get picked by me.
“Craig has done very well to go away and discover himself and find out exactly what he can do. He’s taken a few knocks along the way but he’s come back a very good player for a very good side.”
Forsyth added:“Yeah, my mum told me what Gordon said and I have to thank the manager here for helping me since he came in. He’s picked me every game, put his trust in me.
“I’ve known about the Scotland call for a few weeks but we were all told to keep it very quiet. It’s a massive honour to be selected in the squad.
“There were times last year when I doubted this kind of thing could ever happen but I just kept my head down and made sure I