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Sky Sports Scout - James Forrest

We run the rule over Scottish starlet James Forrest

Sky Sports Scout is our exciting feature where we scour the globe looking out for the best talent and bring you a report on what we find.

Our Scout will report back and you can comment on what you think of our appraisal.

Scout Facts:

NAME: James Forrest
AGE: 20 (7th July 1991)
BORN: Prestwick, Scotland
CLUB: Celtic
FACTS: A hugely gifted tennis player

Sky Sports Scout Ratings:

0-10 - No hoper
11-20 - Should look elsewhere
21-30 - Might not make it
31-40 - Has work to do
41-50 - Keep an eye on him
51-60 - Great prospect
61-70 - On his way to the top
71-80 - Already World-class

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Latest under our scout's gaze is Celtic's James Forrest - recommended by Sky Sports reader Billy Morris.

The scout reports...

Describing him as being 'the light in the darkness' of Scottish football by the SFA's performance director Mark Wotte, we check on Celtic starlet James Forrest.

Forrest has emerged in the last 18 months as one of the outstanding prospects in British football.

A diminutive winger, Forrest's potential was spotted as early as the age of 11, playing locally in Prestwick and a host of clubs were chasing his signature.

Despite interest from Kilmarnock, Ayr United and Rangers, it was Celtic who won the clamour to land him and, after he agreed to join the Hoops, he was dispatched to their Hamilton academy at the age of 13.

At 17, and having starred for every age group for the club, he was handed a four-year contract by Celtic in 2009. Less than a year after becoming a professional he made his first-team debut for the club, and not long after he made his European bow in a UEFA Champions League qualifier.

By January 2011 he had already emerged as a first-team regular and Celtic tied him down to a new five-year deal.

In the summer of 2011 is was little surprise that Scotland came calling, and he was handed his first senior cap during the Carling Nations Cup tournament.

However, like with any talented young players north of the border, it is little surprise that many Premier League clubs are already taking more than a passing interest in his development.

Tottenham's interest was confirmed by Harry Redknapp late in the summer, but he admitted they would not be making a bid at that time.

But just knowing Spurs are interested is an obvious sign of Forrest's potential, and what potential that is.

Forrest is nothing if not exciting. He loves to beat players and is blessed with the skill to be able to do this without even thinking.

Forrest's game is predominantly creating goals and causing danger in the last third, but he also has an eye for goal, highlighted by the fact he already has double figures to his name for Celtic.

The scout says...

His progress under Neil Lennon has been outstanding and he is one of the most exciting talents to emerge from Scotland in recent times.

He would probably benefit from staying at Celtic for another 12 months at least and he is likely to get that wish, but a move to England looks like being when, rather than if.

The Scout rating...

Shooting: 7 out of 10

Passing: 8 out of 10

Tackling: 5 out of 10

Heading: 6 out of 10

Pace: 7 out of 10

Vision: 9 out of 10

Current ability: 7 out of 10

Potential ability: 10 out of 10


Current value: £6million

Potential value: £20million

Your opinion...

You have read our opinion of James Forrest - now we want your views. Have you seen Forrest in action? Do you agree with our assessment? Do you think he will make it?

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