Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes is confident winger Gary Mackay-Steven would thrive in the Scotland squad if ever selected by Alex McLeish.
McLeish named Aberdeen duo Scott McKenna and Graeme Shinnie in the squad to face Israel and Portugal later this week.
There was no call-up for Mackay-Steven who has been in impressive form for Aberdeen so far this season.
Scotland face Israel away on Thursday October 11 in the UEFA Nations League before playing Portugal in a friendly at Hampden on Sunday October 14.
McInnes said: “I am not here to tell big Alex his job because there are a lot of good players.
“But Gary could handle that environment no problem.
“Alex’s team normally play with wing-backs rather than out and out wingers.
“Gary is someone who can make a difference in tight matches if he is one v one.
“He is not going to beat his man every time but there are enough moments in games where he can have a real positive performance.”
Mackay-Steven has been capped once, when coming on as a late substitute in a 0-0 draw with the USA at Hampden in November 2013.
McInnes signed the winger from Celtic for £150,000 last summer on a two-year contract.
He is Aberdeen’s leading goal-scorer so far this season with four goals.
His contract expires at the end of the season and McInnes is keen to tie up the 28-year-old on a new contract.
Mackay-Steven would be free to talk to any interested clubs when the winter transfer window opens on January 1.
McInnes reckons it is evident how much the winger is enjoying his time at Pittodrie by the “flicks”and “tricks” he is unleashing during matches.
The manager said: “Gary has been a big player for me over the last while and will continue to be.
“I am just delighted Gary is in that frame of mind. You see his flicks, tricks and positivity and it is important we try to keep him that way.”
Mackay-Steven produced another strong performance at Parkhead and was only denied a superb solo goal by an instinctive save from keeper Craig Gordon after slaloming challenges.
McInnes said: “That sums up where Gary’s game is at the moment as he was very positive and confident when he picked the ball up.
“There were three or four Celtic players trailing in his wake. It was a fantastic run that epitomised his performance.
“Gary did very well to get into that position and it was a good save from Gordon.
“These moments are very important in the outcome of the result but at least he made the keeper make a save.”
McInnes went with a two-pronged attack of strikers Stevie May and James Wilson, on loan from Manchester United.
He said: “We countered very well and Gary and Niall (McGinn) kept them on their toes and our front two kept their centre-halves occupied for large spells.
“It was a good team performance but unfortunately we got nothing from it other than the positives of some good performances.”
Aberdeen are set to welcome back Scotland Under-21 international midfielder Lewis Ferguson from a knee injury for Saturday’s Premiership clash with St Mirren at Pittodrie.