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Scotland v Lithuania: Snodgrass is all fired up to walk out at Hampden after injury woe

By Gavin McCafferty

Robert Snodgrass can't wait to show Scotland fans the progress he has made as he prepares to make his first Hampden appearance for almost three years.

Snodgrass missed the entire Euro 2016 campaign after dislocating a kneecap in his first Hull appearance, but he started making up for lost time with a hat-trick in the opening World Cup qualifying game against Malta.

Now the 29-year-old is looking to continue his return when he lines up against Lithuania on Saturday night in his first game at the national stadium since a goalless draw with the United States in November 2013.

"America was the last time I played there but I've had some good results there," Snodgrass said. "The two games I have had in my comeback were away, so to be back there with family, friends and supporters will be terrific.

"It's a chance to show the Scottish crowd that I'm back and working hard to get to a level I was at before."

Snodgrass is revelling in the adulation he received following his display in the 5-1 triumph in Malta, but is aware that he needs to earn support all over again.

"It's special," the former Livingston, Leeds and Norwich winger said. "It's a great feeling getting the chance to play for your country, but to be involved when we do well is great.

"But it can all change on our result if it's not going well. Our concentration level needs to be bang on throughout this tournament because I think we have the players to cause teams problems.

"We have shown we can create chances and score goals. I always speak about the word 'ruthless' because you need to take your chances against these teams."

Snodgrass did not want to dwell on his treble in Malta as he previewed the first half of the double-header against Lithuania and Slovakia. He said: "It's in the past. I can't wait because of how well we did in the last game. You want to build on it. And it's at home, so we want the home fans to see we mean business."

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