Aberdeen winger Matty Kennedy is hoping his time at the club will prime him for international football with Northern Ireland.
The star joined the club in January from St Johnstone and has slowly been making an impact for the Dons whilst getting his fitness levels back up.
He’s been a regular since his arrival, starting all but one Premiership match, and making three Scottish Cup appearances.
While Kennedy is desperate to help the club finish third ahead of Motherwell, the 25-year-old is also hoping his new environment can help him flourish to gain international recognition.
He told the club’s official website in a feature: “It would be nice if playing here could help me get more involved for Northern Ireland too. There are a lot of good players, established players in the squad, where I am quite new to the group.
“I can’t sit here and say I should be in the squad but I want to be in the squad. It would be a great honour for me to be involved with the national team and to make my debut.
“Niall [McGinn] has something like 70 caps, which is a fantastic achievement. He has been involved in a lot of games at that level.
“Niall plays the same position as me, so hopefully watching him day in day out, I can learn from him and he can help me play international football one day.
Kennedy has represented Scotland at various youth levels, but switched his international allegiance to his country of birth in late 2019. He has received a call-up on a couple of occasions, but is yet to actually make his debut.
Kennedy can realise international ambitions
It’s been a positive start to life at Pittodrie for Kennedy.
His pace and dribbling make him stand out as a real livewire, and once his match sharpness is completely up to scratch then he has a great chance to thrive with Aberdeen.
The uncapped talent could soon start to catch Michael O’Neill’s eye if he continues to work hard, because the natural, physical attributes appear to be fairly strong.