Sun. May 19th, 2019

Scotland's Graeme Shinnie pleased patience paid off

Graeme Shinnie pleased patience paid off as Aberdeen captain reports for Scotland duty ahead or Holland match

  • Scotland play Holland in a friendly at Pittodrie on Thursday night
  • Stand-in manager Malky Mackay selected eight uncapped players in squad
  • Among them was Aberdeen captain Graeme Shinnie, who had been picked by Gordon Strachan back in 2015 but didn't play

Graeme Shinnie refused to become disillusioned or angry while waiting for his Scotland chance.

The 26-year-old Aberdeen captain was included in Gordon Strachan's former boss squad for the final European Championship qualifiers against Poland and Gibraltar in 2015 but never featured.

Stand-in manager Malky Mackay recalled him for the challenge match against Holland at Pittodrie on Thursday night as one of eight uncapped players.

Graeme Shinnie is hoping to make his Scotland debut against Holland on Thursday night

The Aberdeen captain was selected by Gordon Strachan back in 2015 but didn't play

The Aberdeen captain was selected by Gordon Strachan back in 2015 but didn't play

UNCAPPED MEMBERS OR SCOTLAND SQUAD

Graeme Shinnie (Aberdeen)

Ryan Christie (Aberdeen)

Jason Cummings (Nottingham Forest)

Ryan Jack (Rangers)

Paul Hanlon (Hibernian)

Callum McGregor (Celtic)

Jordan Archer (Millwall)

Liam Cooper (Leeds)

As he stood on the green or achieving a life-long ambition to play for his country, midfielder Shinnie insisted determination and not distress came out of previous disappointments.

He said: 'I would never be upset or angry that I would never make squads because there are so many good footballers out there that are desperate to get into the squad, like I was.

'It was just a bit more determination to get into the squad and now that I am in it, to try my best while I am here.

'It's always something that makes you strive to be better and push yourself for it.

'If you give up then you have no hope or getting it ever.

Scotland interim manager Malky Mackay has eight uncapped players in his current squad

Scotland interim manager Malky Mackay has eight uncapped players in his current squad

Shinnie (left) pictured in training on Monday with Aberdeen colleague Ryan Christie

Shinnie (left) pictured in training on Monday with Aberdeen colleague Ryan Christie

'For me it was just trying to play as well as I could for Aberdeen and try to get a call and now I am here I need to work as hard as I can keep them coming.

'It is definitely an opportunity. There are a lot of different faces from when I was here the last time and it is a game that is looking to the future as well.

'It would be an honor to play a part in the game. I haven't got a cap yet and I would love that opportunity. "

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