Braveheart Buddie Craig Samson last night revealed how he refused to give up on his Scotland international dream.
The Saints goalkeeper was handed an opportunity when he was drafted in to Tuesday’s Scotland World Cup qualifying squad which drew with Macedonia 1-1.
Samson answered an SOS call from manager Craig Levein after regular number one Allan McGregor, then Matt Gilks, both picked up knocks.
As it turned out, though, McGregor was declared fit on the night, meaning Samson was an unused substitute.
Despite not getting any action, Samson admitted it was a sensational experience to be part of the international set-up once again.
“I was on standby from the beginning of the week, so I knew there was a possibility I’d be called up,” said Samson.
“Matt Gilks had a wee problem and we all knew Gregsy was struggling.
“It was good to get the call-up and get back involved. You always have to believe you can play at the highest level and I’ve never lost that.”
Samson, though, refuses to rest on his laurels and will continue to strive to improve.
He said: “In some ways the hard work is just getting started. You want to be involved in these squads and when you’re involved you want to be playing and that is the next step for me.”
Samson is expected to be back between the sticks for tomorrow’s bread-and-butter SPL clash at home to Hearts.
He said: “It’s a massive match for us. We’ve drawn our last few games and it’s about turning those draws into wins.
“We’re at home and we need to believe we can win it. We’ve lost just once this season and we were disappointed with the performance against Hibs.
“But we’ve battled hard at Aberdeen and Motherwell, and I think in those games we showed a different side to the team.”