Aberdeen skipper Graeme Shinnie had to cancel his overseas stag trip in a bid to realise his Scotland cap dream.
Now Dons boss Derek McInnes hopes the 26-year-old will be celebrating in Peru by securing his debut cap.
Pittodrie captain Shinnie called time on a lads’ trip to Marbella prior to his summer wedding to jet out to South America with Alex McLeish’s Scotland outfit.
Dons team-mate Scott McKenna is also in the squad that will face Peru in Lima on May 30 before moving on to Mexico City on June 2.
Former Dons loan stars Kenny McLean (Norwich City) and Ryan Christie (Celtic), who will return to their parent clubs after the summer, are both in McLeish’s squad.
Shinnie has yet to be capped and McInnes hopes his form at club level can be rewarded with that first senior turn-out.
“Graeme is bursting to play for Scotland and I know how important it is for him to do that and be part of that,” said McInnes.
“He gets married in the summer but the Scotland games will not interfere with that. Even if they did I am sure he would still be there.”
Shinnie was previously named in the squad to face Holland at Pittodrie under interim boss Malky Mackay last November.
Despite the match being played at the stadium where he is club captain, Shinnie was an unused substitute in the 1-0 loss.
Shinnie is expected to earn that debut cap in South America as McLeish’s original 24-man squad has been hit by six call-offs with Stuart Armstrong and John Souttar the latest to pull out of the trip.
Former Aberdeen winger Ryan Fraser, now with Bournemouth in the English top flight, Allan McGregor (Rangers), Matt Ritchie (Newcastle) and Barry Douglas (Wolves) had already made themselves unavailable.
McLeish has admitted he will have to field two entirely different sides in the games due to the heat and humidity.
The friendly at the National Stadium in Lima will be in front of a 47,000 sell-out crowd while the clash at the Azteca Stadium in Mexico City will be played to a capacity 87,000.
The game in Mexico City will be played at 7,400 feet above sea level and the altitude will also present problems.
When McLeish named his squad for the friendly double header against the World Cup-bound pair, there were four players based at Pittodrie selected.
How times have changed for the Scottish international aspirations of Dons players under Gothenburg Great McLeish.
In the five-year tenure of Gordon Strachan, another Gothenburg Great, just one cap came Aberdeen’s way – to Kenny McLean in a 1-0 friendly win in the Czech Republic in March 2016.
Since Strachan was axed following a failed World Cup 2018 bid, six caps have been handed out to Dons players in just three games.
Mackay capped Christie and McLean against Holland.
McLeish, in his first game as national manager, handed not just a debut cap but a start to McKenna in the 1-0 friendly loss to Costa Rica.
McKenna retained that starting slot in the 1-0 win away to Hungary with Christie and McLean also capped.
Centre-back McKenna, voted Aberdeen’s Player of the Year in his breakthrough season, will add to his cap collection in South America as his remarkable rise continues.
McInnes was not surprised when his club form effortlessly transferred to the international stage when thrown in for a debut start by McLeish.
McInnes said: “Scott produced exactly the same level of performance for Scotland as he has for us.
“He has produced that consistent level for us and took that into the international stage in the friendlies.
“Since getting the confidence of breaking into the Aberdeen first team Scott has gone from strength to strength.
“It was fantastic to see.”
McKenna had been Scotland U21 skipper but was pitched straight in by McLeish in a show of faith. The Scotland manager himself had made his cap debut at 21 while with Aberdeen.
McInnes said: “Everyone loves to see a youngster breaking through.
“The easy part is getting into the squad and involved in the team. The harder part is to really establish yourself to be a first pick and a key part of the team.
“That is what Scott has done. A lot of the work Scott does away from the pitch is now being rewarded.
“That dedication and professionalism are all paying off for Scott.
“You also need to show that confidence and personality to stay in the first team and then get recognised at international level.
“He has everything it takes to be a top player. He does everything that is needed to be a success, and more.
“Scott has always been that type of player.
“His emergence has been brilliant to see because supporters and staff at the club all like to see youngsters come through and cement their place in the team.”
Fellow rising Dons star Scott Wright is with the Scotland U21s at the Toulon Tournament.
The Scots face host nation France, Togo (their opening opponents this weekend) and South Korea.