Departing Aberdeen midfielder Kenny McLean reckons Pittodrie skipper Graeme Shinnie deserves his chance with Scotland.
McLean has called time on three-and-a-half years with Aberdeen and will return to parent club Norwich City later this summer.
The 26-year-old signed a deal until 2021 with the Championship Canaries in January and was loaned back to the Dons for the remainder of the campaign.
McLean is in South America with the Scotland squad for the friendlies against Peru and Mexico.
Former Dons team-mates Shinnie and Scott McKenna are in Alex McLeish’s squad.
Celtic’s Ryan Christie, who was on loan at the Dons, is also part of the Scottish contingent.
McLean is rooming with Shinnie on the South America trip and is delighted he is set to earn a debut cap.
McLean said: “I’m especially pleased for Shinnie.
“The other three of us have been in the squad for the past couple of games and Shinnie’s really deserved his call-up.
“He’s been excellent throughout the season and his hard work has had the recognition it deserves.
“It (call-ups) shows how well Aberdeen have done this season.”
McLean is set to win his fourth Scotland cap in the upcoming friendlies.
He earned a debut cap in a 1-0 defeat of the Czech Republic in Prague in March 2016.
He followed that up with an appearance in the 1-0 loss to Holland at Pittodrie under interim manager Malky Mackay last November.
New boss McLeish handed McLean another cap in the 1-0 defeat of Hungary in March.
He said: “I’ve had a taste of it in the last few games and it’s something you want more of.
“I’m sure every Scottish player will tell you the same.
“It’s an honour playing for your country and the pinnacle of what you can do in the game.”
Scotland‘s opponents for the friendlies are both set to compete in the World Cup in Russia this summer.
National boss McLeish has brought an inexperienced squad to South America and is set to hand out a number of debut caps.
The friendlies will give McLeish the opportunity to assess some fringe players ahead of the Euro 2020 qualifying campaign.
“Everybody will be looking at this as an opportunity and I’m no different,” said McLean.
“We have come out here (to South America) and have this opportunity.
“It is going to be big playing matches in sell-out stadiums.
“We are playing against two teams that are going to the World Cup.
“They will have a real buzz about them.
“It’s something everybody is looking forward to.
“We’re here to really get this squad together and get momentum going forward for the next couple of years.”