James Forrest: Celtic winger has scored five goals in 99 minutes for Scotland

James Forrest failed to score an international goal in his first 24 Scotland appearances. After 26 of them, he has netted five.

The Celtic winger's hat trick against Israel - added to the double he scored in Albania on Saturday - helped clinched a Euro 2020 play-off place and Nations League promotion for Scotland.

The strikes, each of which was clinically taken, took the 27-year-old's tally to a stunning 12 in his past 11 games for club and country.

So let's relive those five goals and hear from the man himself, as well as some of his admirers...

Five Scotland goals in 99 minutes

James Forrest scores against Albania
Forrest broke his international duck after 55 minutes on Saturday by bursting on to a Ryan Christie pass and forcing a finish past the Albania goalkeeper on his 25th appearance
James Forrest scores against Albania
A second international strike came just 12 minutes later, Forrest flicking the ball over a defender's foot and smashing a volley into the Albania net
James Forrest's first goal
Scotland were trailing against Israel on Tuesday when Forrest struck his third international goal, controlling a loose ball in the box and skidding a low finish into the net after 34 minutes
James Forrest's second goal
Forrest then put Scotland ahead with his second nine minutes later, again benefiting from a Christie assist before burying his finish past the Israel goalkeeper
James Forrest's third goal
And Forrest completed his hat trick 19 minutes after the break with a composed touch and finish after yet another Christie pass

'It's been a really good few days' - what he said

"Scoring five goals in two games for your country is unbelievable. It means something as well, because we've topped the group.

"It was a great feeling, hearing the fans singing my name and it's been a really good few days.

"I like playing in big games for club and country and I just want to keep going. Since the manager has come in at Celtic, I have kicked on early season.

"You can't rest on what you have been doing and I just need to keep working hard at club level to stay on the international scene."

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James Forrest: Five goals in two games for Scotland is unbelievable

'His finishing was unerring' - what they said

Scotland head coach Alex McLeish: "James is in phenomenal form. His finishing was unerring. Incredible. I was waiting on them going past the post but to see them nestle inside was brilliant finishing."

Scotland and Celtic midfielder Callum McGregor: "He just keeps getting better and better. You couldn't even put a value on him right now. He's absolutely outstanding."

Scotland and Celtic midfielder Ryan Christie: "Having James beside me is amazing and makes it easier for me. It is a pleasure playing in the [Scotland] team right now."

Scotland striker Steven Fletcher: "I've played with James a lot and the runs he makes is great for a striker like me."

Scotland midfielder Stuart Armstrong: "He's a fantastic player. Everyone can see that, his pace, his power, his finishing, his composure - I think every finish he had was superb."

Former Scotland striker Kris Boyd: "It's fantastic how calm and collected James Forrest is when he gets into these positions."

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