Aberdeen's Derek McInnes happy to put Scotland frustration behind him

Aberdeen's Scott McKenna, Graeme Shinnie and Mikey Devlin in Scotland colours
Scott McKenna, Graeme Shinnie and Mikey Devlin are back with the Scotland squad

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes is delighted to have four players in the latest Scotland squad but admits it has been a source of "frustration".

Defenders Mikey Devlin and Scott McKenna are joined by midfielders Graeme Shinnie and Gary Mackay-Steven in Alex McLeish's 23-man party.

"For us to have four in is fantastic," McInnes said. "It really is superb.

"It shows what can be done. If you're playing well here, you're in the eye of the international manager."

Mackay-Steven and uncapped Devlin were called up late for Scotland's 3-1 friendly defeat by Portugal last month, with the winger gaining his second cap as a substitute at Hampden.

As well as the four players in the Scotland squad to face Albania and Israel in the Nations League, Niall McGinn has again been chosen by Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill.

"But, right across the board, we had four in the under-20s, but Frank Ross had to pull out because of injury," McInnes said.

"I think we had three in the under-19s and four in the Victory Shield under-16 side.

"We are represented at all levels, but I think more importantly at the minute is getting those players in the senior squad, which is something we have at times been frustrated by."

McInnes was unsure whether McLeish was more open to playing players domestically than his predecessors.

However, he said: "We've been the second best team in Scotland for the last five years and I've always felt that, if my players and playing well and regularly, they give themselves a chance of being in the international set-up."

McInnes thought that the "signs are very encouraging" that midfielder Lewis Ferguson, who is in Scotland's under-20 squad, would be a future full cap.

Ferguson scored the winning goal against Kilmarnock on Sunday from a free-kick and his manager said that the 19-year-old had "shown he can deliver" from set-pieces.

"Sometimes he gets bullied out the way by Niall McGinn and others to take them, but he practices them religiously in training and he's got very good technique and he fancies himself to score from that distance, especially the one he scored from on Sunday," McInnes added.

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