In the latest Scotland news, Tom Cairney believes he is ready to seize his chance on the international stage under new boss Alex McLeish.
The Fulham midfielder has impressed at club level over recent seasons and is currently spearheading the Cottagers’ charge towards automatic promotion to the Premier League after returning from the knee injury that curtailed the start of his season.
At 27-years-old, the midfielder is yet to have the same impact on the international stage, with his only Scotland cap to date came in a friendly against Canada last year under former boss Gordan Strachan.
However, McLeish has now taken over as Scotland manager for the second time and he will make his return to the dugout during the upcoming friendlies against Costa Rica and Hungary.
The change in manager is likely to give a number of players an opportunity to impress at international level and Cairney is hoping to seize any chance that comes his way.
“I have been playing well the last few seasons for Fulham and I feel like I am getting better,” he said. “I don’t think I am at my peak yet, but I feel like I am playing good football and hopefully I can carry that on at Scotland.”
Cairney, who has also represented the likes of Hull and Blackburn at club level, has certainly been impressed by what he has seen of McLeish and is confident Scotland can a start as they mean to go on with a victory over Costa Rica at Hampden Park on Friday.
“It is a new start, new regime and has a good feeling to it. He (McLeish) will look at everyone over the next two games and take it from there,” the midfielder added. “So hopefully we can get off to a good start on Friday.”
Scotland have not qualified for this summer’s World Cup, but the upcoming friendlies will no doubt help their preparations for both the UEFA Nations League and the Euro 2020 qualifying campaign