One of the major stories of 2020 was of course Scotland reaching the European Championships after defeating Serbia on penalties. One player who was involved in the Scotland squad for that memorable night was veteran Aberdeen defender Andy Considine.

Considine’s emergence into the Scotland set-up was perhaps a bit surprising, as the player is in the later stages of his career. However, Steve Clarke has kept faith in the player, who now has three caps for the national team.

Received a memorable call

The 33-year-old admitted that he was quite emotional when he received the call which confirmed that the player would be handed a Scotland opportunity at last.

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Andy Considine and Scotland boss Steve Clarke (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“I experienced playing for my country from the 16s all the way up to U21s, including the U20 World Cup in Canada. I really enjoyed it, but when you have not been involved in the national set up for 13 years, you have to believe the chance had gone” he said (Official Aberdeen website).

“Hard to describe”

“I always hoped one day it would happen, and it’s hard to describe the feeling when I did get the call. It was very special to say the least, and it brought a tear to the eye” Considine disclosed.

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Andy Considine and his Scotland teammates line up for Scotland (Photo by Craig Williamson/SNS Group via Getty Images)

The Aberdeen man now has a huge goal to play for in 2021. As well as helping Aberdeen have a good season, Considine knows that if he can keep playing well he will likely make the squad for the European Championships.

That must be a big motivation not just for him, but for a lot of players in Scottish football. They will be desperate to make the Scotland squad. Only a lucky few will make the squad though. Should Considine maintain his form, a place in the squad seems secure.

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