Ryan Fraser and Stuart Armstrong are both expected to make their Scotland debuts this week.
Bournemouth winger Fraser is in the frame to feature in this evening’s friendly against Canada at Easter Road.
And Celtic midfielder Armstrong is on course to take part in Sunday’s World Cup qualifier against Slovakia at Hampden.
Those first caps would no doubt be cherished by former Dons youth player Fraser and Hoops star man Armstrong.
But they would also mean a lot to the boys clubs who first helped to nurture them on the local pitches in and around Aberdeen.
Aberdonian Fraser was just eight when he first turned out for Cove Boys Club.
Armstrong was born in Inverness but brought up in Aberdeen and first caught the eye starring for Dyce Boys Club.
Cove president Donald Smith, who was among the first to coach Fraser, said: “It would be amazing to see Ryan play for Scotland.
“I know how hard he has worked to get to the level he is at now. He’s had to cope with people saying he isn’t tall enough to make it to the highest levels almost from the first day.
“Ryan wasn’t the most talented of the players we had in his age group at that time.
“But he was by far the most hard-working and determined.
“I used to see him out on the pitch used by amateur side Cove Thistle most evenings, kicking a ball about with his father and working on his skills.
“Most of his pals were probably at home playing computer games.
“But Ryan was out in all weathers kicking a ball off the fence in an effort to make himself the best player he could be.
“He is now reaping the rewards for the effort he put in back then. Ryan started training and playing for the Dons from the age of 10.
“But we are proud that our club played a part in helping send him down the road that could end up with him playing for his country.”
It’s a similar story with Armstrong, who signed for Inverness Caley Thistle from Dyce in 2009.
He also played for Dundee United before moving to Celtic in 2015 in a £2 million deal that also saw Gary Mackay-Steven join the Glasgow club.
Len Nicol, Dyce’s long-serving coach and treasurer, said: “We are delighted to see how well Stuart is doing now.
“His success is a pat on the back to George Anderson and the other coaches who worked with Stuart during his time with Dyce.”
Armstrong also trained with the Dons as a youngster, alongside current Aberdeen first team stars Ryan Jack and Kenny McLean and 2014 League Cup winner Nicky Low, who is now at Dundee.
Aberdeen offered him a contract but Armstrong turned it down because he had already given his word to Inverness that he would be signing for them.
Nicol said: “That simply underlines just how nice and decent a lad Stuart is.
“It would have been easy for him just to sign for Aberdeen.
“But he wouldn’t break his word to Inverness and that was that.”
Things didn’t go so well for Armstrong up in the Highlands.
He was eventually released by Inverness but Nicol believes they was a good thing in the long run.
“Young players respond to that sort of rejection in different ways,” he said.
“Some will just give up on becoming a professional.
“Others, like Stuart, use it as motivation to prove they are good enough.”
Both boys’ clubs take joy in seeing former players going all the way to play for Scotland. The last to do so was Andrew Shinnie, now playing for Hibs, who featured for Cove and Dyce.
As did his younger brother Graeme, now the vice-captain of the Dons.
Smith and Nicol are convinced Graeme Shinnie won’t have too long to wait before he follows in his brother’s footsteps.
Smith said: “Like most people in the North-east, I’m shocked Graeme isn’t in the squad already, but his talent will prevail.”
Nicol said: “Graeme, like Stuart, will eventually get the reward he deserves for his dedication and hard work over the last few years.”