Scotland assistant Mark McGhee has backed Robert Snodgrass to become the country's next key player.
Following the international retirement of Celtic midfielder Scott Brown, McGhee suggests Hull City's Snodgrass can be a vital figure within the Scotland camp such is his quality as footballer and infectious personality.
"He's a fantastic character, a genuinely nice guy," said McGhee of Snodgrass who scored a hat-trick against Malta last weekend.
"He's a bit of fun so he lightens up the camp as well, but when it comes to the business end, he's right there.
"With the retirement of Scott Brown, we needed one or two to step up and fill his void, because he was tremendous in the last campaign. Snoddy looks like one of the ones who's going to do that.
"As he showed in the second half against Malta, he can not only play but also score goals.
"He has a leadership, a drive about him that influences others and that's going to be really important in the absence of Scott Brown."