Celtic's James Forrest aims for more Scotland caps

James Forrest
Forrest played from the start in Sunday's match at the Aviva Stadium

James Forrest is determined to remain in Scotland boss Craig Levein's plans after making his international debut against the Republic of Ireland.

The Celtic winger started in Scotland's narrow 1-0 defeat as the host nation claimed the inaugural Carling Nations Cup in Dublin.

"Hopefully I've done enough," said Forrest after the match.

"The manager said to myself and Grant Hanley that it was good first starts from us. I don't want to stop now."

Forrest, 19, missed a great opportunity for a scoring debut when Barry Robson's deep cross found the winger on the edge of the six-yard box, but he volleyed wide.

However, after making the breakthrough to the Celtic first team this season, Forrest claims big-match nerves were not a factor for him.

"I found out on Saturday morning that I was in the team so I had a couple of hours to prepare," he said.

"I just took it in my stride. To be fair, I've played in bigger games with my club this season so that helped me as well.

"I'm just gutted we didn't win but, hopefully, that will come the next time I play."

Robbie Keane grabbed the only goal of the game to bring his international tally to 49.

But Forrest insists the Scots put up a decent fight and have shown they are progressing under Levein and he is determined to add more to his first cap for the national side.

"I think we were the better team and we had more chances as well," said Forrest. "It was a good game.

"We have players in this squad who play in the Premier League every week and players playing with Celtic and Rangers.

"All the players are gelling so we are definitely on the right track.

"I've got one cap now and I want to go on and get more. I was pleased with how I played.

"You always feel you can do better and I should have scored but I was pleased with my performance overall.

"To get your first start for the national team at the age of just 19 is incredible. I just want to push on now and get even more caps."