Stephen O'Donnell proud after Scotland bow in Peru

Stephen O'Donnell proud after Scotland bow in Peru

in #KillieStories May 30, 2018

Stephen O'Donnell expressed his pride at earning his first cap for his country and hopes there'll be more to come.

The Killie defender was one of seven debutants as Alex McLeish's men lost out 2-0 to Peru in Lima with the Rugby Park defender featuring for the full 90 minutes.

O'Donnell produced a solid display in dark blue and won praise from the manager for the mentality shown on the night. 

He told the Scottish FA's website: "I’m obviously very proud, that would go without saying. Hopefully there’s more to come, obviously I can only try and play well for my club.

"It’s something in a couple of years’ time that I will look back on and be really proud to have achieved. We didn’t win and I want to win so it puts a slight dampener on it for the short term."

A penalty from Christian Cueva and goal from Jefferson Farfan saw off the Scots and O'Donnell reckons the hosts showed why they'll be playing at the biggest show on Earth this summer.

He added: "I think they showed why they are going to the World Cup. They passed the ball very well, had good movement and they punish you.

"I think they had two chances in the full game and scored both which was disappointing but they’re a good side.

"It’s one game I won’t forget. It would have been nicer if we’d got a result but it was a full house and there was a party atmosphere and we were hoping to spoil it.

"We’d worked on a few things during the week and they came into the game but sadly they had a couple of chances and took them."

Looking ahead to the weekend friendly with Mexico and beyond, O'Donnell was asked if he could become Scotland's regular right back.

He added: "I would love to be the man but there’s Callum Paterson, who came on and has played right back as well as James Forrest and Ryan Fraser back home who have played there.

"I was delighted to get the opportunity, I hope I didn’t let anyone down and it’s not for me to say I will make that my own."