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Souttar: I know how much the Scotland team means to fans

The Hearts defender described just how he feels about being on Scotland duty.

John Souttar has said that Scotland need to go all out to reach Euro 2020 because he know what success would mean to the nation.

The Hearts defender joined up with the national team squad ahead of the Nations League match against Israel, which is another step on the road to a major tournament finals.

Souttar said that as someone who grew up outside the central belt, he had a real understanding of what it would mean to fans to see the team make an impact.

"As a country, we've obviously not qualified for a long time," he said. "It's a great chance to qualify.

"I'm from a part of Scotland where the Scottish national team is massive. In Aberdeenshire there's no Celtic or Rangers, it's literally the Scottish national team that's huge.

"I know a lot of people from the Brechin and Montrose area are already through in Tel Aviv just now with the Tartan Army.

"I know how much it means to my family as well. There's no Rangers or Celtic so I know how big it is to this country.

"If we do succeed it'll be huge and I think that's got to be the goal for all of us, to get this country back to a major tournament."

The stopper also backed club teammate Steven Naismith to shine for his country and said it would be fitting for the player to go on to get 50 caps.

"If you look at the Albania game, Naisy has come in and been unbelievable," Souttar said. "He has been unbelievable for us this season.

"He's got so much experience, I think he is on 47 caps. That's an incredible amount of games for your country.

"Everyone just thinks you get picked but there is a lot more to it than playing that amount of games.

"I hope he gets 50 - it's testament to him that with how many bad injuries he has had and how many times he has been written off, and he said himself he didn't think he would be back.

"For him to come back and play like he did against Albania, it just shows the man and the professional that he is."

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