Ikechi Anya happy at right-back

Ikechi Anya will gladly continue in the right-back role for Scotland following his man-of-the-match display against Canada at Easter Road on Wednesday night.

When the 29-year-old Derby player first came into Gordon Strachan’s plans in 2013 for a double-header against Belgium and Macedonia it was as a winger.

However, after playing in the full-back role against England at Wembley in November, the former Watford player retained that position for the friendly against the Canadians.

In what was a warm-up for the make-or-break World Cup qualifier at Hampden Park on Sunday, the Scots were stunned when Falkirk midfielder Fraser Aird fired the visitors into a shock lead in the 10th minute before Steven Naismith levelled in the 34th minute.

Anya was happy enough with his performance and told the Scottish FA: “I really enjoyed it. Any time the gaffer calls upon me to play there I just try my best.

“I improved in that position at Watford because we played wing-backs. I tried to improve my defensive aspects as well.

“It is not all there but little by little I am improving and thought I did okay.”

Anya insists confidence is not a problem ahead of the Slovenia match where a win is vital to Scotland’s hopes of reaching Russia.

He said: “With Gordon Strachan, I don’t think personal confidence is anything to worry about.

“He gives us lots of confidence as an individual and collective and all of us are full of confidence.

“If we take our chances (against Canada) maybe we get two or three goals.

“But confidence is high in the dressing room.

“The Slovenia game are the games you look forward to. You enjoy the pressure. I am confident that we can get the three points and set us up for the game in June against England.”

Ikechi Anya will gladly continue in the right-back role for Scotland following his man-of-the-match display against Canada at Easter Road on Wednesday night.

When the 29-year-old Derby player first came into Gordon Strachan’s plans in 2013 for a double-header against Belgium and Macedonia it was as a winger.

However, after playing in the full-back role against England at Wembley in November, the former Watford player retained that position for the friendly against the Canadians.

In what was a warm-up for the make-or-break World Cup qualifier at Hampden Park on Sunday, the Scots were stunned when Falkirk midfielder Fraser Aird fired the visitors into a shock lead in the 10th minute before Steven Naismith levelled in the 34th minute.

Anya was happy enough with his performance and told the Scottish FA: “I really enjoyed it. Any time the gaffer calls upon me to play there I just try my best.

“I improved in that position at Watford because we played wing-backs. I tried to improve my defensive aspects as well.

“It is not all there but little by little I am improving and thought I did okay.”

Anya insists confidence is not a problem ahead of the Slovenia match where a win is vital to Scotland’s hopes of reaching Russia.

He said: “With Gordon Strachan, I don’t think personal confidence is anything to worry about.

“He gives us lots of confidence as an individual and collective and all of us are full of confidence.

“If we take our chances (against Canada) maybe we get two or three goals.

“But confidence is high in the dressing room.

“The Slovenia game are the games you look forward to. You enjoy the pressure. I am confident that we can get the three points and set us up for the game in June against England.”