Jackie McNamara has been left raving over the partnership being built between Celtic duo Greg Taylor and James Forrest while on international duty with Scotland.
The former Hoops and Scotland defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says that the rarely-seen full-back linked up well with his Parkhead teammate for their country over the two-week break from domestic action.
Taylor and Forrest started against both Cyprus and Kazakhstan for Steve Clarke’s side, the former Kilmarnock defender contributing an assist in each game.
McNamara says it was great to see the pair link up for their country and says that there appears to be a blossoming relationship which could manifest itself at Celtic Park.
McNamara told Football Insider: “I thought down the left-side, with Taylor and Forrest, I thought they linked up really well in both games.
“Considering they’ve not played much together at Celtic, they seemed to have a good understanding, Greg and Forrest, obviously produced a few goals.
“He’s (Greg) a strong lad, he’s shown that in the back-to-back games there, from Cyprus to Kazakhstan, he’s recovered well considering he’s not played a lot of football. That’s credit to him for how he’s training and preparing. He’s ready when called upon.”
While Taylor has been limited to just one appearance for the Hoops since moving from Kilmarnock over the summer, Forrest has been a mainstay for Neil Lennon, playing 25 times, scoring 11 goals and contributing 12 assists across all competitions.
The Bhoys’ manager has generally preferred to play Boli Bolingoli, who joined from Rapid Vienna, at left-back ahead of Taylor.