Dons skipper Graeme Shinnie has been backed to force his way into Scotland’s UEFA Nations League squad.
Shinnie, 26, earned a debut cap in Scotland’s 2-0 friendly loss to World Cup-bound Peru.
Pittodrie captain Shinnie is in contention to face Mexico at the 87,000 sell-out Azteca Stadium on Sunday morning.
Scotland begin the bid to reach Euro 2020 later this year with Nations League ties against Albania and Israel in September.
Scotland legend Willie Miller believes Shinnie has the pressing game needed for those clashes.
Reds’ defender Scott McKenna secured his third straight cap in starting in Lima but his handball led to the penalty for Peru’s opening goal.
Miller said: “Shinnie can play in competitive games like Euro qualifiers.
“He plays in an area where Scotland have a lot of players (midfield).
“However, Shinnie brings a different dynamic to the midfield in terms of the way he plays.
“He leads that pressing pack for Aberdeen and is the first one to try to win the ball back which is an important element of the modern-day game.
“Particularly if you are looking to press the game and win the ball back early.
“There are two games coming up against Israel and Albania where Scotland should be desperate to get the ball and have as much possession as they can.
“Shinnie adds that dynamic of physical enthusiasm to the midfield that would serve Alex McLeish and Scotland well in top competitions.
“He has plenty of experience as well.
“The manager can only give him a chance and he has the experience so there is no reason why he cannot take it.”
Shinnie was introduced as a second-half substitute for Hibs’ Dylan McGeouch with 15 minutes remaining.
Shinnie had been in previous Scotland squads but had yet to be capped. He was an unused substitute in the 1-0 friendly loss to Holland at Pittodrie last November under then interim boss Malky Mackay.
Dons great Miller, capped 65 times, said: “I am delighted that Shinnie has been given a chance as I see what he gives to Aberdeen.
“He has been outstanding and is someone that leads by example.
“You are talking about the captain of the team that have finished second in the Premiership in recent seasons and has played in cup finals.
“Shinnie has also lifted the Scottish Cup with Inverness Caley Thistle.
“You are not talking about an untested player and he deserves the opportunity to show he is good enough at international level.
“Shinnie merits it for the station he holds within Scottish football and on performances.
“He is definitely of a high enough standard.”
Shinnie was one of seven players securing a debut Scotland cap in Lima. Peru extended their record unbeaten run to 13 games courtesy of goals either side of half-time from Christian Cueva and Jefferson Farfan.
Dons defender McKenna played for 90 minutes. The 21-year-old’s hand ball conceded a penalty for the opener.
It came from a blunder from debut keeper Jordan Archer where Farfan’s shot struck the Don’s elbow.
Miller said: “The standard McKenna has set himself for a young lad is incredible.
“He is still young and still learning the game.
“Yet out of nowhere he has burst on to the international scene and looks as if he has been playing there for years.”
Former Aberdeen midfielder Kenny McLean, who will return to parent club Norwich this summer, earned a fourth cap.
Boss Alex McLeish praised the seven new caps for coping with the conditions.
McLeish said: “I’m proud of the mentality they showed in a cauldron of a place.
“They embraced it.
“Bringing these guys into the team for the first time, they handled it really well.
“It’s a squad where everybody deserves a cap.
“It was hot out on the surface, especially when you’re doing a lot of chasing, which the Peruvians made us do.
“Peru are a super team, they move it about well and know each other inside out.”
McLeish’s depleted squad are set to be reduced further with some players leaving ahead of the friendly against Mexico.
He said: “We’re going to lose a couple of players now.
“Lewis Stevenson is going away.
“We had an agreement with him to play the first game.
“Matt Phillips is going back to England for an engagement there, which we agreed a couple of months ago.”