Date: 11th February 2007 at 4:30pm
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Club mouth Ricky Foster has given his views on why Russell Anderson has only won seven caps for Scotland despite many people`s claims; fans, media and football professionals alike, that he`s the best Scottish defender available and has been for some time.

He explains that he thinks Aberdeen are sometimes overlooked as the national manager prefers to choose his team around the Old Firm, English clubs and Hearts, until their recent fire sale, but things could be about to change.

‘The fact that there are so many people with an Aberdeen connection now involved in managing at national level must help Russell.

Alex McLeish, Andy Watson, Roy Aitken and Alex Smith were all here at one time or another.

Russell has been our best player by far this season and is probably the best in Scotland. But he can’t get a start for the national side and you have to wonder why.

aybe if he was at the right club, he would have been in the side more often. But maybe now he might get a proper chance to show his class.

We had ten players in the various squads this week. That’s great for the club and shows our manager is right to say we have a good group of players.

He has said in the past we aren’t picked because we’re so far north but that’s changing. Russell and Scott Severin have made the senior set-up and Chris Clark, Darren Mackie and Jamie Langfield all played for the B team in midweek.

I am too old for the Under-21 squad now but that is an added incentive to push for the senior squad. Training and playing alongside quality players from other clubs helped me.’

It maybe too soon for Ricky to be thinking of Scotland honours but it shows the belief and ambition that seems to be running through the current Aberdeen squad and club as a whole. It seems like a return to the days when most of the team would be considered or capped at some level for their country and the club provided often the nucleus of the squad.