McManus targets Scotland cap

Declan McManus
Declan McManus

Fleetwood’s summer capture Declan McManus is hoping his Highbury spell will help catapult him into the international spotlight.

The 20-year-old signed from Scottish Premier League side Aberdeen last month.

He’s already proved himself a hotshot north of the border, 23 goals in a loan spell at Greenock Morton earning him the Scottish Division One player of the season award as well as caps at under-21 level.

But that’s not enough for the ambitious Scottish striker, who believes he can force his way into Gordon Strachan’s first team set-up.

His new manager Graham Alexander is a former Scotland international and McManus said: “My goal here is to match what the manager did and play for Scotland.

“It’s something I’m striving to do, so hopefully I can manage it.”

Town already have a full international in Conor McLaughlin, who is likely to line up against Romania for Northern Ireland this weekend.

Goalkeeper Chris Maxwell is also hotly tipped for an international call.

He was in the provisional 40-man Welsh squad to face Belgium this month but didn’t make the final cut.

Maxwell is finding it hard to dislodge Owain Fon Williams, despite the latter’s relegation to the Conference with Tranmere Rovers.

But McManus has kept tabs on Town’s progress and is happy to describe them as a club on the up.

“I watch a lot of football and the game that sticks out is the Preston game,” he said.

“Obviously they had a very good game and there were some very good goals.

“I study my football and I saw then that Fleetwood was a big club.

“They’re on the up and that’s the big thing for me.”