Barry Bannan has returned to Hillsborough boosted by a productive stint on the international stage.
As Scotland made the perfect start to their World Cup qualifying campaign against Malta, Bannan was an influential figure in the engine room.
The 5-1 win in Malta was Bannan’s 22nd cap for his country and following his 90-minute run out he said:
“We’re just happy to get off to a flying start and hope we can build on it.
“The enjoyable thing about Sunday night was scoring so many goals. In the last campaign it was close on goal difference and it’s a bonus to score a few against Malta.
“It’s a nice thing to be top of the group after the first game.
“We never panicked when they scored. We knew we would get chances as we had them in the first half at 1-1. It was a case of sticking to the gameplan.”
Without doubt a stand-out performer for Gordon Strachan’s side on Sunday, Bannan has now linked back up with his team mates at Hillsborough with preparations well underway for Saturday’s clash with Wigan.
Bannan – who has played every minute of the Owls’ Championship campaign so far added: “I’m really enjoying it at Sheffield Wednesday and it’s probably the happiest I’ve been in football.”