HOPEFULLY the Dons’ Euro run will be rewarded by Gordon Strachan when he names his Scotland squad.
Yet again Aberdeen are flying the flag for the country as the only Premiership team remaining in the Europa League.
After a 2-1 third qualifying round first leg win over Cypriots Apollon Limassol the Dons have one foot in the door of the play-off phase.
Scotland have World Cup qualifiers looming with a trip to Lithuania on September 1 before a Hampden clash against Malta three days later.
Euro goal heroes Graeme Shinnie and Ryan Christie must surely be called up by Strachan for those qualifiers, with midfielder Kenny McLean also worthy of selection.
One of Strachan’s gripes was the lack of European game time secured by Scottish players.
By the time that World Cup double header comes round the Reds will, all going to plan, be in the group stage.
So if no Don is selected that argument will hold no water.
A call-up for Shinnie would not just be recognition of this Euro campaign as the Dons captain has been superb in the two years since coming to Pittodrie.
He has excelled in the role of club skipper. A born leader who plays with his heart on his sleeve Shinnie is also a superb technician, and a player willing to go into the trenches for his team-mates.
His wonder goal against Apollon Limassol saw him step up to the plate when it was needed.
For me, Christie is the best young talent in Scotland. He is a footballing genius and operates a few moves ahead of the opposition. Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes fought hard to get Christie on a permanent move during the summer.
It is no surprise Celtic refused to sell him as Christie has so much potential. The sky’s the limit.
As Celtic struggled to score in the 0-0 draw with Rosenborg it must have frustrated boss Brendan Rodgers that Christie is lighting up Europe on loan at Aberdeen. He already has two goals and two assists in three Europa League ties.
Since taking over the Scotland reins in January 2013 Strachan has handed just one solitary cap to an Aberdeen player. That was to McLean in a friendly against the Czech Republic last year.
That is despite the Dons being Scotland’s runaway second best team. Surely that Aberdeen cap drought must end soon.