Lamont eyes more Scotland caps after hitting milestone

Scotland centre Sean Lamont hopes to add to his appearance tally after becoming the nation's second most capped player.

Lamont played his 88th match in the win over Canada and only Chris Paterson (109 caps) is ahead of him on the all-time list.

"I love playing for Scotland and I'll never retire, I'll just become surplus to requirements," said Lamont, 33.

"I'm not particularly counting caps, but it's nice to reach a milestone."

The Glasgow Warriors player also started in the victory over USA on new Scotland head coach Vern Cotter's first tour in charge.

And Lamont, who now returns home as several new faces join the squad for the remaining Tests against Argentina and South Africa, hopes New Zealander Cotter will keep selecting him despite the emergence of a talented crop of young players.

To be fair, Canada deserved to win that game but being Scotland, it's nice to sneak a win than sneak a loss, which we've had before

Sean Lamont

"It's nice that a new coach has faith in you, and for me it's about proving to him what I can do," he added.

"You don't know how you figure exactly, I've got two starts under him but he might change his mind, it's one of those things.

"We've got a lot of young guys coming through, Alex Dunbar has been brilliant this year, Tommy Seymour's coming through, Sean Maitland, Stuart Hogg, so we've got a lot of competition building, especially in the backs, which is great.

"I'll stick around for as long as I'm wanted, I think my versatility helps, the fact I can play across the back line, minus 10 and nine."

Cotter admitted Scotland must improve on their display in the 19-17 triumph over Canada in Toronto when they take on Argentina on Friday.

And Lamont agreed that the Scots had been sloppy.

"It was a fairly ugly win, to be fair, Canada deserved to win that game but being Scotland, it's nice to sneak a win than sneak a loss, which we've had before," he added.

"Our ball retention was way off, our accuracy was way off, we'd score points and then give away points straight away and at Test level you can't be doing that if you want to have a convincing win."