Cadden sets sights on Scotland return

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Chris Cadden returned from Scotland under-21 duty on a high following another morale-boosting win over Holland but with ambitions to return to the senior team.

Chris Cadden returned from Scotland under-21 duty on a high following another morale-boosting win over Holland but with ambitions to return to the senior team.

The Motherwell midfielder was drafted into Alex McLeish’s squad for the mini-tour of the Americas in the summer and made his debut against Peru before featuring against Mexico.

Cadden was left out of Scotland’s squad for the double-header against Belgum and Albania and instead helped Scot Gemmill’s youngsters to wins at home to Andorra and more significantly away to Holland in their European Championship qualifying matches, the second victory over the Dutch in a year.

Ahead of the home game against Hearts on Saturday, the 21-year-old said: ‘Any time you put on a Scotland jersey whether it’s 21s or the full international, it’s special for me.

‘I was brought up thinking the highlight of your career was to play for Scotland.

‘John Souttar was with me in the under-21s and he’s gone and got his full international debut.

‘I thought he was brilliant as well. Especially the Albania game where I thought he was great.

‘It’s good to see the gaffer throwing in new faces and hopefully I can be one of them soon.

‘We watched the Albania game and went to the Belgium game.

‘You are thinking you wish you were involved in the Albania game. That gives you an inspiration to go and try and do it.’

Hearts have won the first four league games of the season but Well boss Stephen Robinson is not intimidated.

He said: ‘They have had a very good start, they have progressed in the (Betfred) cup, they are top of the league, they have defeated Celtic along with the way so they have made a very good start.

‘But they are certainly not unbeatable.

‘They have weaknesses and strengths like every other team, we are aware of both and we will try to exploit the weaknesses.

‘Our home games are important. We had a brilliant home record last season. We aim to do that this season.

‘We know Hearts will be strong and physical and we have to match that.

‘I think we are playing some very good stuff at the moment and it is going to be a good game.’

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