It’s only two days to go until Scotland take on Lithuania in an eagerly anticipated clash at Hampden Park.

The hosts have yet to lose to Lithuania on home soil and they’ll be looking to keep that record going on what will be a special occasion for Darren Fletcher.

If selected, the captain will make his 75th appearance for his country following a long and winding international career which started in Norway back in 2003.

After coming off the bench in the 0-0 draw, he then shot to prominence by scoring the winning goal against Lithuania in a 1-0 win which allowed Scotland to make the Euro 2004 play-offs.

Since then, then the 31-year-old has won four Premier League titles, one FA Cup, two League Cups and one Champions League.

The former Manchester United midfielder is not done yet though and is still hungry for success.

Captaining West Bromwich Albion, after joining the club last year, Fletcher is still going strong and excited about his latest milestone, while keeping his feet firmly on the ground as always.

Speaking to Scottish FA's Michael Lamont, he said: “The team hasn’t been selected yet but it would be a great honour to get 75 caps."

It’s something I’m not thinking too much about to be honest, I’m more thinking about getting the three points against Lithuania and adding to our win against Malta.”

As a leader, Fletcher is someone the younger players rightly admire but he is looking to them, excited to see what they can bring to this campaign with players such as Oliver Burke, Barrie McKay, Callum Paterson and John McGinn selected regularly.

He said: “It’s about giving them a platform to perform and giving them small bits of advice when I can.

“We need them to express themselves, be creative and make a mark for themselves.

“They can let the older players take the pressure and the other stuff that goes on.”

When Fletcher was growing up in Edinburgh, Gary McAllister was his idol and this week he has been speaking to him to gain his insight.

“Gary McAllister was my favourite player growing up and earlier this week we had the pleasure of him being with the squad,” he said.

“He’s got great football knowledge and he was up here to help us.

“ We know how close he is with the manager and whenever we have any ex players up with the squad, you see all the players really take notice because they grew up watching players like them.”

Having been involved with the national team since 2003, Fletcher has played with a number of different players over the year and rates the current squad as one of the strongest.

“You look around the squad, the manager has selection headaches in every position and although it’s tough for him, he’d probably want it that way.

“It shows people are competing for places and when you have a tough campaign and pick up injuries, we have plenty of options.

“We are in a good place at the moment and hopefully we can show that on the pitch.”

Come Saturday, it will have been exactly a year since the last competitive match at Hampden when Scotland took on Poland and Fletcher is excited about playing in front of the home crowd against an opponent he knows well.

He said: “It’s been a while since we have played Lithuania. There are no easy games in international football and we’ll have to be on top form if we want three points on Saturday.

“With the crowd behind us anything is possible. We need the fans as they are a big part of what we’re about.

“Making Hampden a daunting place to come will help us qualify and the fans will play an important part if we want to achieve success.”

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