Former Dundee United and Hibs midfielder Ryan Gauld says he’d still love a crack at international football.

Gauld burst onto the scene at Tannadice, quickly becoming one of Scotland’s hottest prospects. It earned him a big move to Sporting Lisbon, but things didn’t quite work for him at the Portuguese giants.

Didn’t pan out brilliantly. (Photo by Gualter Fatia/Getty Images)

Now he’s in the second tier of the nation’s footballing ladder with Farense, where he’s hit top form of late. He says that he hopes to one day make it into Steve Clarke’s national team plans.

“I absolutely still have international aspirations,” he told the Trampled Bet podcast . “It’s everyone’s dream to play for the national team.


“I think I just need to do more of what I’ve been doing – scoring goals, playing well and it helps as well playing for a team at the top end of the table, fighting for a title and fighting for promotion.

Ryan Gauld is thriving currently.

Ryan Gauld is thriving currently. (Photo by Gualter Fatia/Getty Images)

“Perhaps I’ve been overlooked but at the same time Scotland has a lot of good midfielders playing Celtic, Rangers, the English Premier League and the Championship. It’s maybe not that just because I’m over in Portugal that I’m not being looked at because we’ve got a lot of good midfielders at home that are playing at a higher level than I am.”

Firing on all cylinders

So far this term, Gauld has found the net eight times and managed five assists in 24 appearances. It’s one of the best spells of his professional career since leaving Dundee United.

Gauld is clearly a talented footballer but the big move flatlined his progress for a few years. His return to Scotland with Hibs had him dazzle in stages but was also host to some niggly fitness problems.

He was once heralded as the nation’s next big thing. At the age of 24, time is still very much on Gauld’s side if he one day wants to make the national team setup.

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