Ryan Fraser is aiming to establish himself as a Scotland regular.
The Aberdonian won his second cap for the Dark Blues on Thursday in the friendly against the Netherlands at Pittodrie.
Fraser, who left Aberdeen in January 2013 for Bournemouth, came off the bench with 19 minutes left and looked lively during his cameo.
In charge of Scotland for the game as interim manager was the SFA’s performance director Malky Mackay.
That was his only game in charge as the SFA look for Gordon Strachan’s permanent replacement as manager, but something Mackay said in the build-up to the friendly against the Dutch will drive Fraser on.
The winger won one cap under Gordon Strachan and would have liked to earn more, with Fraser now targeting becoming an international regular, as Mackay challenged the players in the squad for Thursday’s game to do.
When asked if he felt he should have more caps, Fraser said: “People keep asking me that. It’s hard because you do feel like you should have had more caps.
“But at the same time you need to look at the team and how well they did at the end of the World Cup campaign.
“The players were doing very well and since I’ve been in the squad we haven’t lost. I can’t really go in and say I should be starting if we’re not losing.
“So I’m just taking it as it is. I’ve got two caps and I’m going to try to get as many as I can.
“Malky Mackay is saying try to get to 50 caps or 100 and that’s what I’m going to try to do.
“I’ve just got to keep doing what I’m doing at Bournemouth, make more of an impact down there this season and then go from there.
“You get noticed, but it’s more publicised down there than up here.
“No disrespect to the Scottish Premiership, it’s a good league, but I’m up against the world’s best.
“Every team you come up against you try to find a weak spot, you think ‘who are we going to play on’.
“But there is no weak spot, everyone is just as good.
“It’s one of them where I try to do my best and if I can prove myself in that league then I’m on the right track.”
The encounter with the Dutch was Fraser’s first visit back to the Granite City since the Scotland Under-21 European Championship qualifying double header with France and Iceland at Pittodrie in October 2015.
He ended up unable to play a part in either game after being injured in training.
With his visits to Aberdeen rare, Fraser has taken advantage of this trip to stay up for a few days and catch-up with his family.
He added: “It’s good to be back. Apart from the in a Scotland Under-21s game, when I got injured, I have not been back in three years to see my family.
“Bournemouth is a nice place and in the summer I don’t come back – I try to get my holidays in.
“It was good to be back seeing faces – it was nice.
“I am staying for a few days. I asked my gaffer if I could stay up so he’s let me have a couple of days up here.
“I’m going to see my family my nanna and granda and stuff like that before I go back down and then I won’t see them again for quite a while.”
The squad chosen by Mackay for Thursday’s game was an experimental one.
Aberdeen’s Ryan Christie won his first cap along with Celtic’s Callum McGregor, former Don Ryan Jack and Jason Cummings of Nottingham Forest, while Fraser and the Dons’ Kenny McLean both got their second cap.
Fraser thinks there is a new generation of Scotland players emerging and he is also pleased that his hometown team is supplying some of them.
He said: “There definitely is (a new group of players coming through). The squad was quite old at the end of the last campaign.
“But I think in the squad for Holland we had youth and experience integrated.
“It was positive. Ryan Christie did well, Kenny McLean, Ryan Jack also came in.
“I thought everyone did well – Callum McGregor was another one.
“It’s definitely good to have Aberdeen boys in the squad.
“I think Gordon Strachan got a lot of stick for not picking them – there was a lot of pressure on them and they did well.
“But we do need to realise that the boys that didn’t get picked as well (for the Netherlands game) are very good players.
“I don’t think Gordon did it for personal reasons, it’s just that he tried to pick the best squad and if that’s what he thinks is the best squad then he’s got the final say.
“Nobody can say he’s wrong because the way he finished the campaign I was surprised that he didn’t stay on.”
Fraser’s Bournemouth team-mate Nathan Ake lined up at left-back for the Dutch on Thursday.
Within seconds of being introduced Fraser skin- ned the full-back and almost netted the Scots equaliser.
Ake was impressed with his colleague and can see him becoming an international regular in the future.
Ake said: “It was difficult, he did me once to be fair, which was disappointing.
“But it was good to see him doing well. He is a very good player and I see that at Bournemouth every day.
“I think he is playing really well at Bournemouth when he gets his chances and he did that last season as well. He’s still young and has a lot to come so he can be a very good international player.
“He is very skilful and quick so it is difficult training against him every day.”