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Martin, Forsyth and Bryson’s form rewarded with Tartan call

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: May 12, 2014

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CHRIS Martin and Craig Forsyth completed a memorable 24 hours by being named in the Scotland squad for the first time.

After helping Derby County book a place in the Championship play-off final at Wembley by beating Brighton on Sunday night, the pair – along with Rams team-mate Bryson – received a call-up for Scotland’s friendly against Nigeria at Fulham’s Craven Cottage on May 28, four days after Derby’s Wembley date.

Martin is Derby’s top scorer with 25 goals this season and qualifies as his dad was born and bred in Glasgow.

He was close to making the last Scotland squad named, as manager Gordon Strachan explained: “He would have been in last time but unfortunately we couldn’t get the clearance from FIFA in time, but we kept Chris up to speed.

“He was disappointed he couldn’t make it, but so excited this time.

“He has got a physical presence, but he’s a footballer. He’s not the quickest, but he has a quick mind.”

Martin played four times for England under-19s, scoring two goals.

Left-back Forsyth, who has been ever-present for Derby this season, was born in Carnoustie, and started at Dundee.

He also had a loan spells at Montrose and Arbroath before signing for Watford.

Strachan has been impressed by Forsyth’s consistency this season.

“I think he has played every game this year. If you get picked by Steve McClaren every game then there should be a chance you get picked by me,” said Strachan.

“He has done very well, like Andy Robertson (Dundee United), to go away and discover himself and find out exactly what he can do and take a few knocks along the way and come back a very good player for a very good side.”

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