Ryan Gauld is hoping that promotion to the Portuguese top flight with Farense will advance his claim for a Scotland call-up.
The former Dundee United man was in outstanding form for the Algarve club before the coronavirus shutdown and the goal-scoring midfielder believes the dream of playing with his old flat-mates Andy Robertson and John Souttar in the national team is very much alive.
“I’m still young,” the former under-21 international told Courier Sport. “I’ll never give up on the dream of playing for my country. I don’t think any player would. It’s something we all want to do when we start our careers. I’m no different.
“I just need to focus on what I’m doing – continuing to play well and score goals – and that will take care of itself.
“Obviously, doing that in the top division here would send out an even stronger message. This is one of the best leagues in Europe. Tactically and technically the football is very good in Portugal.”
Gauld added: “I still keep in touch with Andy and John, more so John, but Andy now and again as well. It’s always good to hear about how they’re doing.
“John has been really unlucky with injuries and has done his Achilles again. But as soon as he’s back fit and playing, he’ll be in the national squad. He deserves to be. And obviously Andy is the captain now. Yeah, a reunion with Scotland would be alright, I suppose!”