Jason Holt admits that he is not yet ready to be called up for his country at senior level despite an impressive season.
Rangers midfielder Jason Holt has told the club's official website that he was not disappointed to be overlooked by Scotland manager Gordon Strachan as he does not feel he is ready for senior international football yet.
Strachan named his squad on Wednesday for the upcoming friendly double-header, and the absence of Gers players despite the club's imperious Scottish Championship season was controversial amongst some.
In a press conference following the announcement, Rangers manager Mark Warburton appeared to suggest that his players were finding it more difficult to win Strachan's approval because of their lower-league status.
However, when it comes to his own inclusion, Holt, who has been in impressive form this season and scored 10 goals in 34 appearances in all competitions, does not feel aggrieved to have been left out.
The 23-year-old told the club's website: "If you ask any player then they will have aspirations of playing for their country and I am no different. All you can do is keep working hard, trying to do well and you just never know.
"There are a lot of good players in that squad, players playing in the top leagues in England so I think I still have a long way to go. There have been so many different opinions and football is a game based on opinions so there is no getting away from that.
"When you see your name getting thrown about like that it’s flattering but I don’t think you can look too much into it, it’s people’s opinion and you can only do what you can do on the pitch."
Former Hearts man Holt, who played seven times for the Scotland Under-21s side, has been a key member of Warburton's side in his debut season at Ibrox since joining the Gers in last summer's transfer window.
He played the full 90 minutes as the Glasgow side beat Greenock Morton 3-1 on Friday to remain 14 points clear at the top of the Scottish Championship, and will be hoping to retain his place ahead of the clash with second-place Falkirk on Friday.