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Bannan out to shine for Scotland

2 September 2016

Scotland face the first of their World Cup qualifying games on Sunday and Owls midfielder Barry Bannan is hoping to shine for his country.

The Tartan Army take on Malta at the Ta'Qali Stadium and Bannan has said he wants to take the confidence he has from playing regular games with the Owls onto the international stage.

“Since day one, the Sheffield Wednesday fans have been brilliant with me,” he told Edinburgh News.

“My confidence is high and I’m playing every week. I would say this is the probably the best I’ve played over a long spell. I don’t see why I can’t make an impression with Scotland. 

“I’m here trying to impress the manager. I want to cement a starting spot in this squad. I’m on top of my game right now so it’s a great chance to get a starting place. 

“This is the start of a new campaign as well. If you start here and do well, you could be in for the rest of the campaign. That’s my aim. I want to play a big part in this campaign.

“I love coming away with Scotland. It breaks up the club football and it’s encouraging that I’ve been called up for such a massive game.” 

Bannan says he has plenty to thank Owls fans for on his recall to the Scotland fold, as he explained:

“The more I played, the more the fans have taken to me. I had lots of family and friends at Wembley last season who had never been to any of our games before. 

“One of my brother’s mates was a Hull fan and he was there. He phoned my brother up after the game saying: ‘All I heard was your little brother’s name being sung today.’ 

“They never stopped singing my name. It’s a huge morale boost. 

“The style the manager plays is perfect. We play a lot of possession football. It suits me down to a tee. 

“I’ve really enjoyed it and it’s probably the happiest I’ve been in football.”

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