“You look at things that have happened: Carlo Ancelotti coming in as manager, working with Dunc,” he said.
“They have instilled that confidence in me from outside the pitch, which is perhaps what I needed.
“I always believe that things happen for a reason and I wouldn’t change my journey in the slightest. I am happy how it has gone and I am happy to be here now. That has made me into the person and player I am today.”
And he fully intends to take that into the summer after Scotland booked a place in England’s Euro 2020 finals group.