Why Bournemouth's Matt Ritchie has become a star for Scotland

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Former Swindon Town player Matt Ritchie has been in excellent form for the Cherries this season.

The Bournemouth man starred in Scotland's 1-0 win over Denmark at Hamden Park last night.

Ritchie ran the show from midfield, in what was his eight appearance for Scotland, and capped off his display with a goal.

He pounced on an error from Daniel Agger, and made the most of hesitancy shown by Danish goalkeeper - Kasper Schmeichel, before calmly slotting home.

The Cherries man has been in sublime form for his club all season, helping them climb to 13th place in the Premier League. Their safety is all but assured after establishing a 12 point gap between them and the drop zone.

Eddie Howe has made some fantastic signings in his time at Dean Court, and Ritchie, 26, would surely have to be considered as one of his most impressive.

He moved to the south-coast club from Swindon for a meagre £400,000 in January 2013, in an acrimonious move that had Paolo Di Canio claiming the club sold Ritchie behind his back.

Swindon's loss was Bournemouth's gain as Ritchie has gone on to establish himself as one of the Premier League's most consistent performers.

He has made 37 appearances for his club this term, registering six assists and bagging four goals, including a wonder strike, and goal of the season contender, at home to Sunderland.

Everything good that Bournemouth do goes through their mercurial playmaker. He makes them tick with his quick, incisive passing and has the ability to unlock defences with his fantastic vision.

Ritchie's Bournemouth have drawn praise from pundits all season for their positive, fearless style of play.

The highlight of their season was a tremendous 1-0 win at defending champions Chelsea.

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