Scotland midfielder John McGinn admits he’s happier he will be back in Malta this weekend instead of travelling to Turriff.
Hibs midfielder McGinn is with the national squad preparing for their World Cup qualifier at the Mediterranean island’s Ta’Qali stadium on Sunday night.
Scotland’s game kicks off just a few hours after Hibs take on Highland League Turriff United in the Irn-Bru Cup.
McGinn regrets not being able to help his club avoid being victims of a shock defeat at The Haughs.
But he confessed that is overshadowed by his joy at being offered another chance to see if he can convince national boss Gordon Strachan he’s good enough to help Scotland reach the next World Cup finals.
It’s only three months since he was in Malta with Scotland for their friendly match against Italy.
Injury prevented him playing in that and their clash with France in Metz a few days later.
McGinn is fit now and desperate to show Strachan he can hack it at full international level.
“I’d have been happy enough to go to Turriff,” he said.
“We want to win every competition we are in and I am sure whoever goes up there on Sunday will be looking to do that.
“But I’m also desperate to do well with Scotland.
“It was incredible watching the games against Italy and France.
“Unfortunately I got injured in a training session but the manager and staff were keen for me to stay and get that experience.
“I wish I could have been on the pitch playing against them, but you see a lot from the side.
“It also helped me being in and about the squad, getting to know the other players.
“I feel really settled and I hope if I can focus on my football the rest will take care of itself.
“It’s up to me to show what I can do and compete with the top players who are in the squad.
“I need to show I’m up to playing alongside them.”