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Scotland interest fails to faze Derby County defender Craig Forsyth

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: March 08, 2014

DEFENSIVE DUO . . . Derby County defenders Craig Forsyth and Richard Keogh

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CRAIG Forsyth says he is concentrating on playing well for Derby County amid talk of Scotland monitoring his progress.

Scotland boss Gordon Strachan’s assistant, Mark McGhee, confirmed recently that the 24-year-old left back is on the radar.

Strachan watched Forsyth play against Queen’s Park Rangers last month but did not include him in the squad for this week’s friendly in Poland.

Forsyth has been ever-present for Derby this season and his form saw him nominated for the Championship’s February player of the month award, won by Burnley striker Sam Vokes.

“Being nominated was a nice surprise,” said Forsyth. “We have been doing well and keeping clean sheets.

“So it is a nomination for the back four and the rest of the team.”

On his Scotland ambitions, Forsyth said: “People were talking about it but I have not heard anything, personally.

“I am just keeping my head down and concentrating on playing well for Derby, making sure I do well here first and foremost.”

Born in Carnoustie, Forsyth started his career at Dundee and had loan spells with Montrose and Arbroath before he signed for Watford.

He joined Derby on loan a year ago before his move was made permanent in the summer.

Forsyth believes he has improved as a player during his time at Derby.

“Definitely,” he said. “Defensively, I have improved and doing a lot of work on the training ground as a back four has helped as well as the little things pointed out to me by the manager (Steve McClaren), Paul Simpson and Eric Steele.

“It has been a good year for me. I’ve played a lot of games and come on as a player.

“Working under the manager and the staff here has helped me massively.”

Forsyth arrived as a left-sided midfielder who could play left back. He has now established himself in the team at left back.

“It has taken somebody to say to me ‘you are a left back’ to get it settled in my own head. I am enjoying the role,” he said.

Derby have kept three clean sheets in the last four matches. Forsyth believes the work on the training ground is paying off.

“It’s just about getting into good habits, talking to each other as a back four and knowing where to be positionally,” said Forsyth.

Defeat at Burnley a week ago was the Rams’ first in eight games.

“In the dressing room afterwards and on the journey home from Burnley there was a bit of frustration, but we cannot do anything about that now,” he added.

“We need to make sure we don’t dwell on it and don’t let it hinder us.”

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