Greg Docherty is hopeful of getting his Scotland chance after the Hull City star found himself inspired by the words of manager Steve Clarke.
The national team is heading into a massive month in a few weeks. They will first of all face Serbia in a Euro 2020 play-off final, victory enough to book the nation’s first trip to a major tournament since 1998.
On top of that, Scotland have Nations League matches to contend with. Victory away to Slovakia puts Clarke’s side in a favorable position to attain 2022 World Cup and Euro 2024 play-off spots.
Clarke’s proven he’s willing to test all options to help his cause. 33-year-old Andy Considine got his long-awaited Scotland call for his form at Aberdeen and Docherty’s former Hibs teammate Paul Hanlon also made his senior international bow.
After a run of three matches against Israel, Slovakia and Czech Republic, Clarke sent a message that all Scottish players should use the next three weeks to prove why they should be in his squad.
Hamilton Accies academy graduate Docherty says he is ready to give it his best shot, and with Hull City sitting top of the League One table at present, he’s in the best possible form to do so.
“Steve Clarke’s words definitely made me sit up and take notice,” said the Hull City midfielder (PA). “I think what Steve Clarke has done is involve boys who may even themselves have thought they’d never get a sniff of the squad.
“But he is trusting the SPFL which is great because I think our own league has been overlooked for a long time. It’s not as easy to play up here as some folk think. So there’s no reason why I can’t look to claim a place now.
“I have a job to do down here with Hull but if we’re sitting at towards the top of the league and I’m playing well then I don’t see why I wouldn’t be considered.
“You never know with a bit of luck what can happen. With the Covid situation things may end up falling in your favour. But playing international football is definitely a major ambition of mine. It’s the pinnacle for any Scottish player.”