Callum Paterson admits he’s happy to forego his summer holidays for the chance to represent Scotland at senior level for the first time.
After another fine season for Hearts, the right-back received his first call-up to the national team since November 2014, and he couldn’t hide his eagerness to make his first appearance for Gordon Strachan’s side.
Having faced Liverpool at the age of 17, however, Paterson won’t be overawed by the chance to take on the world class talents of France and Italy in the upcoming friendly encounters.
“It will be great to play against two massive teams like Italy and France. They are both heading to the Euros so they will be up for it but we have to try to give them both a game and get a couple of results.
“It has always been a target of mine to get into the Scotland set-up and thankfully I have now been picked. I’m hoping that the manager will use these games to blood as many players as he can and see what they can do.”
With Hearts returning to pre-season training on June 15, Callum conceded he wasn’t going to get much rest, but insisted he wouldn’t have it any other way as he looks to make the next step in his career.
“I have four days’ holiday with my girlfriend Sophie and then I come back to begin the preparations. I’ll need to go on a couple of runs in between just to keep myself ticking over,” said Paterson.
“I will have another five days’ holiday after the Scotland games and then I’m back in again, so it’s going to be a hectic summer and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I’m only getting nine days’ holiday but I’m happy to make that sacrifice especially if I get a chance to play for my country.”