ABERDEEN winger Gary Mackay-Steven is on a cap crusade for a place in Alex McLeish’s Scotland set-up.

The ex-Celtic raider has watched four of his former Dundee United team-mates – his good friend Stuart Armstrong, Andy Robertson, John Souttar and Johnny Russell – make the step up from club level.

Dons touchline ace Mackay-Steven, 28, has not figured for his country for almost five years since his one and only taste of the international scene.

He said: “My focus is really on Aberdeen just now. I am not looking too far ahead, but all players want to represent their country.

“However, it is great my former team-mates from our Tannadice days are doing so well. I’m delighted for them.

“They have all taken different paths, but it is great to see each and every one of them performing at a high level.

”It is certainly no surprise the boys are playing at a high level and for the national team. I knew the talent they had. “


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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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