Forsyth heads for the R’s home

The Football League Paper - - NEWS - By Chris Dunlavy

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

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