By Craig Turnbull
Scotland boss Gordon Strachan believes Robert Snodgrass can come back an even better player after his long-term injury.
Snodgrass has been out for 15 months with a serious knee injury but is approaching full fitness on his road back to recovery after beginning training with Championship club Hull City and playing 60 minutes in their development side on Monday.
Scots boss Strachan says there is no immediate pressure on the 28-year-old, who has 15 caps for his country, to force his way back into the national team, but believes he’ll be even better when he does return.
“I’ll have a word with him over the next couple of days but we have to let him go now and just see how he gets on between now and the end of the season there’s no pressure on him,” Strachan said.
“I think because of the mindset and the way he looks after himself I’m looking for an even better Snodgrass when he comes back because he’s a guy who has progressed.
“We talked earlier about do you determine whether you’re going to be a good player or not no matter the circumstances where you come from, what you’ve done.
“He’s determined, he ended up in our first team playing well and winning games because it was all down to him that wasn’t down to any coaches.
“I’m sure they might have helped him along the way but generally that was up to him.
“That was somebody taking his future and deciding where it was going to go.”