St Johnstone manager Callum Davidson is hopeful that Shaun Rooney’s excellent form for the Perth side will be rewarded by Scotland manager Steve Clarke.
The 24-year-old right-back scored the winning goal for the Saints in Sunday’s Betfred Cup Final against Livingston. Incredibly enough, the player also scored in the quarter-final and semi-final wins. A unique achievement for a defender.
Now Davidson is hoping that Steve Clarke recognises the player’s form, and selects him for the national team.
“Shaun affects games. To score in the quarter-final, the semi and the Final is a remarkable achievement, particularly for a right wing-back” he said.
“Shaun has unbelievable enthusiasm. He’s a great athlete and still learning. He is Scottish and Scotland are looking at that position, so potentially he can go on and fill the right wing-back or centre-back role for the national team” Davidson concluded.
Big games this month
Scotland do have some games coming up this month, against Austria and Israel. However, the real goal for wanting to make the Scotland squad would be to feature in the European Championships in the summer.
That would be a great achievement for Rooney, if he helped St Johnstone win a trophy and made the Scotland squad in the same year.
Only time will tell if that happens. However, Rooney’s form has been very good. There is no doubt that Steve Clarke will be well aware of his performances. You can’t not take notice of a player scoring in a cup final. It remains to be seen if that will be enough to get Rooney in the Scotland squad.