Scotland Under-21s winger Frank Ross is hoping to follow in the footsteps of Aberdeen team-mate Scott McKenna.
McKenna continues to attract interest from down south, with Aston Villa the latest club to fail in attempt to prise the 21-year-old away from Pittodrie.
But Reds youngster Ross has revealed the Scotland defender was not always so sure of himself.
He says there was a point last year when McKenna was so low he almost gave up on the game for good.
The turning point, however, turned out to be a storming display for Scotland Under-21s against Holland, when the Dons defender marshalled Scot Gemmill’s team through an impressive 2-0 win in Paisley.
McKenna has never looked back and is now valued at £10million by Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes.
And having watched things turn round so quickly for his team-mate, winger Ross is now hoping the upcoming Euro Under-21 qualifiers against Andorra and the Dutch can provide him with a similar springboard to launch his own career.
He told Football Paradise: “Scott is a big inspiration to me. It was only this time last year he was training with the under-20s at Aberdeen and struggling in training sessions with his confidence.
“I remember speaking to him and he was ready to pack football in and go off to work with his dad. I think he said his old man was a joiner or a plumber maybe.
“But he got his chance when he got called up for the Scotland Under-21s against Holland, did well and he hasn’t looked back since.
“I can take so much encouragement from that. You never know what’s round the corner. Scott has gone from almost going off to become a joiner to becoming a £10million defender in the space of a year – it’s mad.”
Ross was loaned to Morton last term and has returned to the Granite City ready to stake a claim for a first-team slot.
The 20-year-old has started two games for the Dons already this season and now sees no reason why he cannot follow the McKenna route to the next level.
“I’d like to think I’ve got the potential to do something similar too,” he said. “I’m not being big-headed – you just have to back yourself.
“Hopefully if I can play well with Aberdeen then you never know what will happen.
“These two games with Scotland are important too. I need to try to use them as a springboard towards my goals. Just look at Scott – play well in one game against Holland and now he’s the £10million man.”
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