Dons starlet Connor McLennan is aiming to make an impact with Scotland Under-20s.
The Aberdeen attacker is in Scot Gemmill’s squad for tomorrow’s friendly against Turkey in Murcia, Spain.
For McLennan, 19, it is a first call-up to this age group having previously featured at younger age groups.
He knows manager Gemmill well having worked with him further down the age groups and is hoping to get his chance in the U20s.
And McLennan is hoping to impress him during this friendly, with a positive display potentially paving the way for a place in the U21 squad in the months ahead.
He said: “I played for the U15s, U16s, U17s and was in the U19s squad when I was younger.
“I’ve had experience of it and I know the manager Scot Gemmill as well because he was my coach in the younger age groups.
“I know what he is about and I think he is a good coach.
“He knows what he is talking about so I’ll listen to him and it will help me improve as a player.
“I know it’s only a friendly but I’m still wanting to get a result.
“All I can do is try to impress and if I could be involved in the U20s or U21s then that would be great.”
Having not been involved in international football since for more than two years McLennan is pleased to have returned to that stage.
He added: “It means a lot to be called up for the U20s.
“I have been out of the picture at international level for a while now.
“It is always a massive honour to be called up for your country and it will be good to play Turkey and hopefully we can do well.”
Boss Gemmill is using this friendly as an opportunity to give experience to youngsters who could potentially be involved in the U21s squad over the next few years.
After next summer’s European Championships, many of the squad used in the failed qualifying campaign for that tournament will be too old to feature again for the U21s.
As a result, Gemmill is looking at the future with the likes of Aberdeen’s Lewis Ferguson (19) and Bruce Anderson (20), Hearts’ Callumn Morrison (19), Motherwell’s David Turnbull (19) and McLennan all having the potential to become mainstays of the U21 squad for the forseeable future.
McLennan is impressed with the squad and said: “It will be good to go away and meet up with the other boys in the squad.
“I see them in the reserve league playing and even some of them playing in first teams so you tell they are top players and it’s good to be involved.
“Being involved at international level might be able to help me improve at club level as well.”
Something else that drives McLennan on to improve is a personal competition with his Dons team-mate Anderson.
Whether at Pittodrie or on international duty, the striking duo are always trying to outdo each other.
McLennan said: “There’s competition between us. Me and Bruce always have a competition in training to see who can get the most goals.
“It’s good to have that and, whoever the gaffer calls upon at Aberdeen, we are just looking to help the team as much as we can.
“With that competition I’m not sure who wins – he would say him and I would say me!”