Winger Jonny Hayes today hailed Aberdeen’s in-form Kenny McLean as the Premiership’s hottest star.
That is why he is shocked the midfielder is not in Gordon Strachan’s Scotland squad for this week’s double header.
Strachan snubbed McLean and Pittodrie team-mates Graeme Shinnie and Ryan Jack in his 30-man squad.
Scotland face Canada at Easter Road tomorrow then Slovenia at Hampden on Sunday in a World Cup qualifier.
Hayes reckons McLean’s form will eventually make it impossible to ignore him for international recognition.
Hayes, who is in Republic of Ireland’s World Cup qualifying squad, said: “For the last few months Kenny has been the best player in the country.
“Kenny was head and shoulders above everyone else against Hearts (2-0 win).
“If he keeps going like that he will get his just rewards.
“Kenny has been dominating games for us and he set the tempo against Hearts.
“Obviously he’s got some good players ahead of him in the Scotland side, a few Celtic boys and ones performing in England at a high level.
“All Kenny can keep doing is continue to perform as he is, and he’ll get his rewards.
“I’m trying to dig up an Irish passport for Kenny,” he laughed, “so he can play for us.”
McLean is the only Aberdeen player to be capped during Strachan’s four years as national boss.
That solitary cap came last March in a 1-0 friendly win away to Czech Republic.
Graeme Shinnie and Ryan Jack were also tipped for Strachan’s squad but overlooked.
“Gordon Strachan is paid to pick the team and it is his decision,” said Hayes, who will also be in contention to face Iceland in a friendly next Tuesday.
“Being an international manager is a tough job and I’m sure he has his reasons why they are not in the squad.
“If the three boys keep playing the way they have, they will get their call-up and their chance to play for Scotland.”