‘I want to get promotion AND back into the Scotland squad’ – Nottingham Forest’s Barrie McKay sets ambitious double target


Barrie McKay wants to ensure he does not sit out many more international breaks – by maintaining his Nottingham Forest form in the hope it will earn him another chance with Scotland.

The Reds winger has been inspired by seeing Reds team-mate Jason Cummings secure a Scotland call-up for a friendly against Holland on Thursday, in Aberdeen.

McKay, who has won one cap for his country as a substitute against France in June 2016, hopes he can earn an international chance of his own, if he can keep impressing at the City Ground.

The 22-year-old was one of several players to standout in the 4-0 Championship win over QPR on Saturday, scoring Forest’s third goal and setting up the fourth for Tyler Walker, on an afternoon when his pace and directness made him almost unplayable at times.

And McKay admits his dual target is to help Forest forge a promotion push – and earn a Scotland recall.

“Yes definitely. It’s a big achievement to play for your country and I’ve been in squads before so it’s up to me to keep pushing and get myself into the squad,” said McKay.

“I think in my position there is a lot of strength in depth in the squad and a lot of really good players.

Barrie McKay scores Forest’s third goal of the match against QPR

“It’s up to me to keep pushing them and if I can get myself into the squad then great.

“People probably will take notice and as long as I’m doing well for Forest you will get other people talking and noticing you.

“So it’s up to me to keep doing well here and then the rest will take care of itself.

“That’s obviously the aim, to get promotion and get back into the Scotland squad.”

And McKay believes Forest’s performance against QPR is proof they have the quality to compete in the Championship – and to push for a top six finish.

“I think if you speak to every player they all believe we’re good enough to go up, so I think that’s up to us,” he said.

Barrie McKay celebrates with the Forest team after netting the third against QPR

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“Definitely we enjoyed that. If you look at all of the boys we all had smiles on our faces – we go out and enjoy our work and thankfully that was what happened on Saturday.

“The more goals you can score, the happier you can be.

“Definitely we could have had more. If you were being overcritical, you’d say that we didn’t score enough because although we scored four, we definitely had more chances to score. Whenever we went forward, we looked dangerous.”



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