Scotland’s friendly against the Netherlands at Pittodrie next month is the perfect opportunity for Aberdeen captain Graeme Shinnie to get his first cap.
While there may not seem to be too much point to the fixture, because SFA performance director Malky Mackay will be in interim charge following the departure of Gordon Strachan as manager, it is the perfect time for Shinnie to be given his chance.
Shinnie has been regularly outstanding for Aberdeen.
He’s club captain playing at a high level, putting in a challenge against Celtic, I think he deserves an opportunity at that level. It would be great for him to get the chance at Pittodrie.
The importance of the friendly is marginalised by the situation with the manager. More important games will come when the new manager is in place.
It gives him the opportunity to look at what he’s got to work with.
But it is still nice to see Aberdeen getting to host a Scotland fixture.
I remember when I was on the groundstaff at Aberdeen, Kenny Dalglish made his Scotland debut at Pittodrie.
That was in a 1-0 win over Belgium in November 1971 during the qualifying campaign for the following year’s European Championships.
Scotland games in the Granite City are always well-supported and lets hope Shinnie gets to make his debut.