The only regret Che Adams has about his international move to Scotland is that he didn’t do it sooner.
The England-born forward promised his future to Steve Clarke’s men last year, four years after he was initially reluctant to sign.
He played for the Three Lions at U20 level and also turned down a call-up from Antigua and Barbuda in 2014.
The 25-year-old immediately became a key player in Navy and a favorite for the Tartan Army, having scored four goals in 15 appearances.
And besides impressing everyone else, he thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience himself.
Adams said: “Everyone has a dream of wanting to play football internationally. I was called to Antigua to play the Caribbean Cup, but I didn’t really feel like it. There have also been other tournaments involving England.
“But I think I made an amazing choice with this setup. It was an incredible experience. Everyone welcomed me with open arms, including the fans. I got so many great answers and I just felt part of the family.
“It was difficult at first to decide to come, but since I arrived it’s been amazing. I only have good things to say about the team and the coach. I loved every minute of it.
“From the minute I walked in the door it was fantastic. It was just a breath of fresh air. We have a really solid group here with good guys all pulling in the right direction.
“That’s what you need and you can see that in the performances on the pitch. Everyone knows how together we are, how much we run for each other.
“Do I wish I had chosen Scotland sooner? Yes, exactly that. We had the Euros last summer and everything. Now look where we are.”
Excitement mounts ahead of Ukraine’s penalty shoot-out clash in Hampden for World Cup entry.
Adams enjoys the big occasion.
“It’ll be right up there with everything,” he said. “All eyes are on a good result, the rest will take care of itself. Of course it’s been a tough year for Ukraine, but we’re here to play football and hopefully win the game.
“I want to continue where I left off. Gaffer is always talking about building momentum and we’re in a good place right now. The game against Denmark was something special. That’s how it will be on Wednesday, hopefully it will be an unforgettable night. All are ready to go.
“That night against Denmark was one of the greatest nights of my career so far. Hopefully there will be another really positive 90 minutes on Wednesday. We just have to keep building.”
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