Russell is part of the Scotland squad to have been called up by Gordon Strachan, but he’s admitted that he still has thoughts about his club side and the important games they face over the rest of the season.
“Derby County is, of course, my top priority but while I'm away on international duty, I'll give everything for the Scotland jersey,” he said.
“Hopefully, I can get some game time and then come back raring to go for the last seven games of the season.”
“I could be coming up against some of the boys that I play with at Derby. I'll just make sure that I don't kick them!”
Derby have been on a negative run of form in recent games, which has seen them slide away from the top two places in the Championship.
Russell is one of the players who has been under severe pressure because of injuries to Chris Martin and Darren Bent, which has affected the rhythm and flow of the team’s attacking play.
While it’s encouraging that he’s obviously very passionate about everything that’s going on at Derby and setting the record straight, it’s important he doesn’t take his mind completely off his duties with Scotland.
A good performance could boost his confidence and go a long way to providing that determination for him to cash in and be the difference for the Rams as they look to go into the Premier League, regardless of how that comes about.