CHRIS Martin believes he is capable of scoring goals on the international stage after making his Scotland bow.
The Derby County striker earned his first cap in the 2-2 friendly draw with Nigeria at Fulham last month – just days after the Rams’ Championship play-off final defeat to Queen’s Park Rangers.
The 25-year-old was brought on as a half-time substitute by national boss Gordon Strachan, with club-mate Craig Forsyth also coming on for his debut.
Martin is now hoping to be involved in Scotland’s Euro 2016 qualifying campaign, which starts in September.
Strachan’s men begin with a tough trip to Germany and will also come up against the Republic of Ireland, Poland, Georgia and debutants Gibraltar.
Martin hit 25 goals in his first full season with Derby, taking them to the brink of promotion.
And the former Norwich City target man is confident he can transfer his scoring form to the international stage.
“This has probably been my best ever season,” he said. “I have been fortunate enough to play in good teams and this Scotland side is another one.
“If I get the chance, I feel confident I can score goals for Scotland.
“The manager has the side very organised and I was impressed with the training.”
Martin was pleased with how he acquitted himself against the World Cup-bound Nigerians.
“There were a few nerves, because it is a big step,” he said. “You are always a little bit anxious and hope you are going to do well.
“I think that goes out of the window when you get on the pitch and get your
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first touch and I felt I settled in well.
“My mum and dad were there, my brother, my auntie, some friends, and it is nice to have that support.”
Coming so soon after his Wembley heartache was not a bad thing for Martin.
“It could not have come at a better time for me, personally,” he said.
“It was a huge disappointment what happened at Wembley and the manner of the defeat was even harder to take because it was in the last minute and we felt we had dominated the game.
“That would be tough in any game, let alone a play-off final.”
After a gruelling campaign, Martin is now taking a well-earned break before he returns to pre-season training with the Rams.
“I think this summer will probably be the time to reflect and relax, to be honest, because it has been a long season and a hard one,” he said.
“I think my first day back was June 17 last year, so it has almost been a full year and by far the toughest of my career, physically and mentally, with the way we challenged and how we finished off at club level.
“Then to get international recognition is a massive honour and my aim now after having a taste of it is to get back here with Scotland.”