04 Oct Snodgrass keen to impress
Robert Snodgrass cannot wait to show Scotland fans how much progress he has made as he prepares to make his first Hampden appearance for almost three years.
Snodgrass missed the entire Euro 2016 campaign after dislocating a kneecap on his Hull debut but he started making up for lost time with a hat-trick in the opening World Cup qualifying game against Malta.
Now the 29-year-old is looking to continue his return to normality when he lines up against Lithuania on Saturday night in his first game at the national stadium since a goalless draw with the United States in November 2013.
“America was the last time I played there but I had some good results there,” Snodgrass said. “The two games I have had in my comeback were away so to be back there with family, friends and supporters will be terrific.
“It’s a chance for me to show the Scottish crowd that I’m back. I’m back from injury and working hard to get to a level I was before.”
Snodgrass is revelling in the adulation he received following his display in the 5-1 triumph in Malta but he is well aware that he needs to earn support all over again.
“It’s special to be honest,” the former Livingston, Leeds and Norwich winger said. “It’s a great feeling getting the chance to play for your country first and foremost, but to be involved when we do well is great.
“But it can all change on our result if it’s not going well. Our concentration level needs to be bang on throughout this tournament because I think we have the players to cause teams problems.
“We have shown we can create chances and score goals. I always speak about the word ‘ruthless’ because you need to take your chances against these teams.”
Snodgrass did not want to dwell on his treble in Malta as he previewed the first half of the double-header against Lithuania and Slovakia.
“It’s in the past,” he said. “I don’t think about that to be honest with you. I just think about the next game and what I can do to affect it.
“All the lads will tell you, football is full of highs and lows. It’s how you react from a low and come back.
“At club level we have just been beaten three on the bounce so I’m desperate to get a win. I can’t wait for the game to start because of how well we did in the last game. You want to build on that. And it’s at home, so we want the home fans to see we mean business.”
Playing a lower-ranked team at home will bring its own expectations but Snodgrass will take them in his stride.
“I’m not one for feeling pressure,” he said. “I just enjoying playing football. I enjoy playing with the lads every day when I come away and it’s a lot better when we get good results.”