Levein hails winger

The Celtic wide man has found the net nine times for his club this season

James Forrest: The Scotland winger was a constant threat against Slovenia

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Scotland boss Craig Levein hailed Celtic winger James Forrest following their exciting 1-1 draw with Slovenia in Koper.

Christophe Berra's header only his second goal for his country five minutes before the break to cancel Andraz Kirm opener in the 33rd minutes.

But it was the 20-year-old winger who has been in blistering for the Glasgow club this season that caught the eye with an industrious performance.

"There were lots of encouraging things," said Levein. "For the first hour, we passed crisply in midfield and kept possession well away from home.

"James Forrest did well, driving at the full-back. I wish we had another 10 like him. He's a very exciting talent."

"I gave him a task tonight to get on the ball and get up the pitch, and drive at the full-back and create opportunities.

"He did all those things and more so I was really pleased for him. He's a young lad with tremendous ability.

"In time he's going to be a really fantastic player. All credit to him and Celtic for the way he has developed.

"He's very exciting and we need as many players like that as possible. We have others with technical ability who will improve with age as well."

The win means Scotland have only lost once in their last seven games and will fill them full of confidence for their World Cup qualifying campaign that starts against Serbia in the autumn according to West Brom midfielder James Morrison.

"It was a good exercise and a positive result for us," he said. "We have some tough games coming up and this was a good test that will stand us in good stead."

His manager agreed, adding: "This experience is invaluable to the players. When we come away in similar situations in the World Cup qualifying campaign, it's good to recall this and remember we played a good match.

"It's a friendly match and I understand that but we have got the players together for three or four days, we have had a good experience, we have cemented some relationships on the pitch.

"I have got nothing but praise for the lads and also the supporters.

"They backed the boys and they can see some good class players and also some real promise for the future, what I consider to be really exciting talents."