Steven Naismith admits that he expected to get near to 50 international caps but says assisting Scotland qualify for a tournament would be his greatest achievement in blue.
The Hearts ahead will attain a century of appearances if he takes to the field from Russia at Scotland Euro 2020 qualifier on Friday night, live on Sky Sports.
But the accolade the 32-year-old is concerned about is getting to be one of the first Scotland players to create a finals since the country qualified for the World Cup in France.
On the chance of a 50th cap, ” the former Kilmarnock, Rangers, Everton and Norwich participant said:”It could be a wonderful honor. I don’t think that’s in the front of my head concerning where we are at and where I’m at personally.
“It would be something I’d likely look back on and scratch my mind to say’How can I handle that?’ Even to get concerning caps into your 40s, which was something that I never truly thought I could attain.
“You get to 25 and kind of lose track of it before you know it you are nearing 50. Personally, fantastic achievement, however, the biggest need is for us to make a tournament. That would go far beyond the mark.
“For me personally having been through a fair few campaigns that you feel as in case you owe (the fans) because we have underachieved in the last campaigns so you’re desperate to do it.”
Naismith says he anticipated to make up for major tournaments also insists their qualification record is unacceptable.
“I know how near we are, we’ve got a very good pool of players that are playing at their summit in a excellent league, England and abroad. We just have to believe it and go outside and show it on the park,” he said.
“It has not been good enough, simple as. When I first came in we’d Barry Ferguson, David Weir, Darren Fletcher. It has to change. The competition for positions is that there, the supervisor has a clear strategy and is meticulous, so we are taking the proper measures.”
Last 17, steve Clarke attempted to sign Naismith and Kilmarnock, after getting to work with the Scotland manager, along with the Hearts has been impressed.
“The biggest thing is there’s a clear plan and we will work on that plan as soon as we could as long as we will need to,” he explained. “However, this next period of games will be really important.”
Naismith declared himself match as suffering a hamstring injury against Ross County on August 10 for Hearts, despite playing only nine moments.
“I’ve been careful with some of the injuries I’ve had, with where I was in terms of outside of contract,” explained Naismith, who had two knee operations last season.
“However, I have had a great couple of months’ training and I am feeling great. When you get old it’s more of a life threatening item, instead of go through work and jelqing very hard to remain healthy, you naturally stay fit during the entire year.”

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