Shaun Maloney today insisted attacking bravery will hold the key to Scotland’s World Cup 2018 qualifying bid.
The Aberdeen-raised midfielder is set to earn an unexpected 46th Scotland cap in tonight’s Hampden friendly against Denmark.
Hull City play-maker Maloney was expected to miss the game due to injury.
The 33-year-old, who was a star performer in the failed Euro 2016 qualifying campaign, sustained an ankle injury in training last month and was initially ruled out until next month.
However, after a quicker than expected recovery, Maloney was drafted into the squad.
And he is set to face the Danes tonight as the build-up to the World Cup qualifying campaign steps up.
Maloney said: “I felt for large parts of the Euro 2016 campaign we were going in the right direction.
“We finished fourth but we need to continually search for the form and bravery we showed in Poland (2-2 draw) and against Ireland at home (1-0 win at Parkhead).
“In those games we were really brave in possession and continually tried to go forward.
“We maybe lost that in parts of the second half of the campaign, but if we can continue to do that through a whole group that can only benefit the country.”