Rangers midfielder Ryan Jack aspired to play for the Scotland national team for as long as he could remember but he didn't imagine how his debut would be a negative experience.
The arrival of new boss Steve Clarke eventually proved to be the saving grace for Jack and his love for Scotland and football, in general, were revitalised and now he is simply reaping the rewards of perseverance.
“When the manager here, Steve Clarke, got the job and we had a conversation, he made me feel a part of Scotland set up straight away,” Jack said via The National. “That was massive for me.
“I think the international scene if I’m being honest, I’ve not really had that before, where I felt right involved and a part of the plans.
“So that side of it really helped me and from that first conversation I thought this was the aim, I felt like there was the chance with the group we had that we could go and achieve something.
“We said at the start we were trying to go on a journey – and qualifying for a major competition is just the start.
“Going forward, there are going to be more competitions and more big games coming our way.
“So, this is the start – and hopefully we can continue it.”