CHARLIE Adam has one aim when he pulls on a Scotland shirt tomorrow - not to get hit for six again.
Adam is set to start the international friendly against mighty Brazil at the Emirates Stadium and he can’t wait.
But the Seasiders skipper still has painful memories of his last trip to the venue – a hammering at the hands of Arsenal – and he doesn’t want history to repeat itself.
“I remember the last trip to the Emirates only too well and I’m hoping it won’t be the same scoreline,” said the 25-year-old.
“That was our first away game in the Premier League and we were new to the level and not used to it.
“We had a man sent off and Arsenal outplayed us – the 6-0 scoreline says it all. But I think we have come a long way since as a team and you saw that at Blackburn.
“I thought the lads were terrific at Ewood from first minute to last. Conceding late on is one of those things that happens in football but we will dust ourselves down and get on with it, and we’re already looking to Fulham.
“There were plenty of encouraging signs at Blackburn that we can take into the next eight games. OK we conceded two goals but we played well, moved the ball about and on another day we could easily have won.
“We think we can win any game, both home and away, and we will go to Fulham confident we can get three points.”
For the moment though, Adam has the small matter of Brazil to deal with.
“Yeah, it should be an easy game,” joked the midfielder. “But it is games like this that you learn most from, because Brazil are one of the best teams in the world and we will be up against such quality players.
“It’ll be a fantastic occasion and hopefully I’ll get the opportunity to play.
“Every time I step out on the pitch for my country is a proud moment.
“As a kid you grow up and wonder if you’ll get the opportunity to play for your country and I’m very fortunate that I’ve done it.
“Tomorrow will be a special occasion and I just hope I’ve many more special occasions ahead of me.”
Adam will earn his ninth cap if he plays. Stephen Crainey is also hoping for a start after keeping his place in the squad.
It should be a big crowd at the Emirates, with thousands of Tartan Army expected to travel to London for the match.
“It’ll be like a home game and I’ll be looking forward to it,” Adam added.
“They always say Scotland fans go for a good time. They’ll be there in their numbers to support the team and hopefully we’ll get a good result for them and they can have a great weekend.
“I have a lot of my family and friends going to the game and it is going to be great.
“Just look at Brazil’s team – Ronaldinho, Kaka, Alves. Any time you can step on the pitch with players like these it has to be a very proud moment.”
It will be first time the sides have met since the 1998 World Cup, when an own-goal from Tom Boyd saw the Scots suffer an agonising 2-1 defeat to the then world champions in Paris.
Kick off at the Emirates Stadium is 2pm. The match is being screened live on ITV.