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Scotland debut has given me huge lift, says Ryan Christie

The on-loan Aberdeen midfielder says he will do everything he can to stay in the squad.

Ryan Christie says he has taken a real lift from his Scotland debut and will do everything he can to keep his place in the squad.

Christie played the full 90 minutes as Scotland lost 1-0 to the Netherlands in their friendly on Thursday night.

The midfielder took pride in the team's performance overall.

"It was a great experience and a great night for me and a few of the other players as well," he said. 

"Obviously I'm delighted to make my full Scotland debut. Being at Pittodrie was a nice touch. I'm a little bit disappointed at the result but the gaffer said there's plenty positives to take from the game.

"Apart from their goal it's hard to think of another chance they had and we created a right few chances so a wee bit more clinical in front of goal and we could have come out here with a much better result."

The Aberdeen star, on loan from Celtic, said he had taken a real lift from international recognition and as the squad looks ahead to the announcement of a new manager and the Euro 2020 campaign he was determined to have continued involvement.

"I can take a lot of belief," he said. "It's great experience and it's a great push for me now at club level to try to keep my standards week to week as high as I can.

"Hopefully there's a few more friendlies between now and the next campaign and my job now is to keep my form as high as possible to keep my face in the picture.

"Going out there it didn't feel like too big a step up. Every footballer in Scotland wants to step up into the international stage, that's the biggest step. 

"To do that tonight, I was delighted and now I've got to push on and try to do it again."

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