Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 2 September 2014

Naismith hopes to have Wale of a time

Steven Naismith has described his starring role against Holland as one of the best moments of his career and has vowed to show Scotland boss George Burley he can be trusted in the big games.

The 23-year-old hopes this weekend's friendly against Wales in Cardiff will help him further cement his place in Burley's plans as he bids to prove he is good enough to play at the highest level.

“It was definitely one of the best moments of my football career,” said Naismith, reflecting on his shock inclusion for the Holland game.

“I totally didn't expect it. It was a great opportunity for me and hopefully I've done enough to show the manager he can trust me in big games in international football.

“There is a lot of competition for places without a doubt. Steven Fletcher did well at the weekend and you've also got the experienced boys like Kenny Miller and James McFadden.”

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