HEARTS defender Callum Paterson is eager for a recall to the Scotland senior squad and admits he is encouraged by Graeme Shinnie’s recent call-up.
The Aberdeen full-back earned recognition for a fine start to the season by joining the national squad this week and Paterson wants to follow suit. Whilst admitting he is some way off his target, the 20-year-old aims to follow up on his maiden call-up as soon as possible. He was brought into Gordon Strachan’s group last November for games against Republic of Ireland and England, managing a place on the substitutes’ bench against England. He admits the call-up was a surprise but feels he has progressed as a player since then.
“I think I was playing well at the time but it came as a massive surprise,” said the right-back. “I feel now that I’m a more experienced player and I’m pushing to try and get back in there, but I’m a long way off yet.
“I’m better now than I was in the past but there are a lot better players. Alan Hutton and Steven Whittaker are doing well in the Premier League so I’ll need to bide my time, keep doing the right things with my club and hopefully it will come.”
Paterson believes Shinnie’s place in the national squad indicates Strachan is willing to look at anyone who is on form, regardless of club or league. He [Shinnie] has had an unbelievable season and I thought he might have been called up even sooner. It just shows you players outwith the so-called big clubs have always got a chance of being called up. He’s done exactly that and I hope he does well.”