Being named in the Scotland squad upset Graeme Shinnie’s wedding preparations.
But the Aberdeen captain doesn’t mind because he is desperate to win a first cap for his country.
He is with Alex McLeish’s squad in South America for friendlies against Peru in Lima in the early hours of tomorrow morning and Mexico on June 3 in Mexico City.
Shinnie is due to get married later this summer, when he returns from South America, and missed his stag do in Marbella to be in the Dark Blues squad.
He was chosen by Gothenburg Great McLeish along with his Aberdeen team-mate Scott McKenna.
Kenny McLean – who spent the second half of the season on-loan in the Granite City from Norwich City, who bought him from the Reds in January – is also in the squad and so is Ryan Christie who was on-loan at the Dons from Celtic this term.
Those three have all been capped at international level, but Shinnie has not.
It looks almost certain that won’t be the case by the end of this trip to South America.
McLeish does not want any of his men playing in both matches because of the heat and altitude they will be playing at.
This looks like Shinnie’s time and he says it would be a great summer for him to make his Scotland bow and get married.
The 26-year-old said: “It’s an ambition of mine to get my first cap for my country; it would be a massive honour for me.
“It’s a chance for me to get my first cap but then there’s a lot more hard work after that (being named in the squad).
“It’s a long time away and then I’ll be back and about five days later I’m getting married.
“If I was to get my first cap and get married then it would be one of the best summers I’ve ever had.
“It (the wedding) will be a great day and great weekend with the family all involved so I’m looking forward to it.”
If Shinnie does make his Scots debut, it will be a long time coming.
Before joining the Dons three years ago, he was one of Inverness Caley Thistle’s top performers and skippered them to Scottish Cup glory in 2015.
And since arriving at Pittodrie he has been one of the most consistent performers in the Scottish Premiership.
In Aberdeen’s midfield he is a combative force, breaking up opposition attacks and starting them for the Reds.
Shinnie can also be a threat going forward with his driving runs.
He has also been involved in Scotland squads before.
In October 2015 he was in Gordon Strachan’s group for the final European Championship qualifiers against Poland and Gibraltar.
However, he did not feature in either of those matches.
Then last year, after Strachan was sacked, interim manager Malky Mackay selected Shinnie in his squad for the friendly against Holland at Pittodrie.
He was in the squad alongside then-Aberdeen team-mates Kenny McLean and Ryan Christie. But while they both played, Shinnie was left on the bench.
Shinnie insists his near misses at international level have never distracted him.
He added: “I’ve had so many times where it’s been spoken about.
“The last game at Pittodrie where I didn’t get on was disappointing but I’ll just keep going and keep grinding it out.
“If I wasn’t in this squad then I would be in Marbella for my stag do.”
Shinnie also revealed that he does not let thoughts of international recognition affect his performances for the Dons.
His mantra is a simple one: perform as well as he can for Aberdeen and see what happens.
He said: “All I can do is keep performing for Aberdeen. I don’t ever look to see when Scotland squads are coming up.
“I don’t ever look to perform better to get in it, that’s not what’s in me, it’s just to do better for the club.
“If that then takes me to national level then that’s what I want; we’ll wait and see.”
Scots boss McLeish has been impressed with Shinnie and believes he played a key part in helping Aberdeen finish second for the fourth successive season.
He said: “Shinnie has had a very consistent season. Aberdeen finishing second for the fourth year in a row is an amazing achievement for Derek McInnes.
“They’ve crept back in there when it looked like their season was going to peter out.
“Guys like Shinnie have been responsible for Aberdeen finishing second.
“I’m sure they would like to be higher but that’s no mean feat.”