Date: 7th February 2007 at 12:31pm
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Chris Clark is on the verge of earning himself a Scotland cap tonight and will have to again try and impress Roy Aitken. With Roy being appointed to McLeish’s coaching staff, Clark will be out to show his old manager how he has developed and what he has to offer the senior squad

Clark said ‘I had just started out as a full-time player at Pittodrie when Roy was Aberdeen’s manager and he had Tommy Craig as his assistant.

‘I was only 16 at the time and I didn’t work with him terribly much. I spent a lot more time training with Neil Cooper in the youth teams.

‘But he was aware of me and always said we should come in with a smile on our faces, to enjoy our football and enjoy training.

‘As a young player back then, that gave me something to think about and focus on and he was someone I really looked up to.

‘No matter how much you work with them, you still take something from each manager you work with over the years.

‘That was the case for me with Roy. Everyone has seen what he has gone on to and he has done well for himself at both Leeds and Aston Villa since.

‘He was really keen to help young players when he was Aberdeen and I am sure it has been the case wherever he has gone.

‘It would be great to get another chance to work with Roy in the national team, so it is up to me to keep working hard for my chance.

‘It is great to be in the B squad again after my call-up for the game in Ireland at the end of last year. I really enjoyed the experience and now, with a new management team in place, it is up to me to try to impress them.’

Darren Mackie hopes he can provide a solution to McLeish’s search for more international-class forwards.

Scotland are very thin on the ground up front at the minute. A combination of injuries to established players and fundamental lack of talent meant that Alex McLeish only invited four dedicated forwards to the Scotland meet over the weekend. Darren Mackie is having his best season so far and sees that the international door is opening enough for him to realise he might just have a chance of full international honours.

He said: ‘All I can do is keep trying to play well. The matches against Georgia and Italy are near the end of March, so it gives me time to impress.

‘I need to do well for the B team first and, if I can, there might be a chance I could get promoted.

‘I feel I have had a really good season so far. I have played well, scored a few goals and got involved at international level, so I hope to keep progressing.’

Aberdeen are again starting to have a good representation at all international levels.

ong may it continue as it shows the club is progressing and players are obviously of a high standard but are hungry and ambitious too.