Dundee United’s new midfielder Florent Hoti is determined to break into the Tannadice first team in order to boost his international hopes.
Hoti (19), who signed a two-year deal with the Tangerines last week, was born in Manchester but is eligible to play for Kosovo through his parents.
The Kosovan under-21 side have a double-header coming up against Austria and Andorra and he would love to be in manger Rafet Prekazi’s squad for those Uefa Under-21 Championship qualifiers.
The fixtures both take place in the Kosovan capital city of Pristina, on October 9 and 13 respectively, and Hoti would love to get some game time in tangerine in order to catch the eye of his national coach.
Hoti said: “I was born in Manchester but my parent and brother are from Kosovo.
“They came over here to live.
“I will try to do well for Dundee United in the club’s first season back in the top flight but it is something I want to do – play for my national team Kosovo.
“I want to play as many games here as I can – I am here to play and start.
“I want to show the Scottish Premiership what I can do and it can be a really good platform for me.
“The manager (Micky Mellon) has been playing a lot of youth players and they have all doing really well so as anew, young player you ask: ‘Can I play in the first team?’
“That is what I want to do.”
United’s next batch of fixtures are: St Mirren (h) this Saturday, Hamilton Accies (a) on the 26th and Livingston (h) on October 2.