Boss Derek McInnes will use the potential of a Scotland call-up to strengthen signing talks with transfer targets.
Four Dons are with the Scotland squad for the UEFA Nations League group ties – Graeme Shinnie, Scott McKenna, Mikey Devlin and Gary Mackay-Steven.
McInnes reckons the Dons’ international recognition by national boss Alex McLeish can improve his bargaining position when in talks with potential signings.
The winter transfer window opens on January 1. McInnes will argue that although the Dons may not have the financial clout of some other clubs, performing well at Pittodrie can offer a route to senior caps.
With four in McLeish’s squad, Aberdeen are second only to treble-winning Celtic in representation. Five Hoops players are in the squad for the ties against Albania away on Saturday and Israel at Hampden the following Tuesday.
McInnes said: “Part of the message when I sign players is to highlight the rewards of signing for Aberdeen. We might not have the financial power of other certain clubs but what we can do is provide a platform. We have four players involved with the Scotland squad for the Nations League games.
“We have had more examples of that in the past, as Peter Pawlett, Ryan Jack, Mark Reynolds and Ryan Christie – as an Aberdeen player – were all involved in Scotland squads in the past as well. The message there when we sign a player is: if you perform well for Aberdeen, and we are doing well as a club, then you can become an international player.”
Using international recognition with Scotland as a selling point for joining the Dons has been strengthened significantly under the management of McLeish.
Former Scotland boss Gordon Strachan handed one cap to a Dons player during his near-five-year tenure: to McLean, now at Norwich City, in a 1-0 friendly defeat of Czech Republic in Prague in March 2016.
Under Strachan, who was axed after a failed World Cup 2018 qualifying campaign, Reynolds, Pawlett (now at MK Dons) and Jack (now at Rangers) were in squads but never capped.
Replacement McLeish handed debut caps to McKenna and Shinnie. Centre-back McKenna has six caps, while Shinnie has four. Having been out of the Scotland set-up for five years, McLeish gave Mackay-Steven his second cap in the 3-1 friendly loss to Portugal last month.
Devlin received a first call-up to the squad for the double header against Portugal and the 2-1 Nations League away defeat to Israel. The centre-back has yet to be capped at senior level.
McInnes said: “It shows what can be done if you’re playing well here as you are in the eye of the international manager.
“At the moment it’s about getting those representatives into the senior squad, which is something at times we’ve been frustrated with in the past, but it’s great to see that recognition.”
Aberdeen also have three players with the Scotland U20 squad for a friendly with Turkey in Murcia on Saturday: Lewis Ferguson, Bruce Anderson and Connor McLennan.