Bannan eager to start

Scottish midfielder keen to showcase his talent to win place back

Barry Bannan: Wants to make a mark and regain a starting position

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Aston Villa midfielder Barry Bannan is desperate to prove himself to manager Alex McLeish to regain a position in the starting line-up.

The 22-year-old has made only eight appearances for the club so far this campaign with his last start coming in November.

Bannan has failed to start since he was arrested and charged with a number of driving offences including failing to stop at the scene of an accident, drink-driving and not holding a full driving license.

However, despite being out of the regular starting line-up, the Scotland international is determined to fight for a place and show McLeish he is good enough to force his way into the team.

Aiming high

"I want to show the gaffer what I can do," he told the Birmingham Mail. "By the end of the season, hopefully, I want to be one of the first names on the team sheet. That's what I'm aiming for, you have to aim high, otherwise there's no point.

"I'm just hoping to get a chance to force my way in, and stay there. It doesn't matter how old you are, any footballer wants to be starting games.

"I always look to impress when I go on, whether it's for five minutes or for the second half, like I did at Newcastle."

Bannan has been at Villa from the age of 14 and admits that, even though he began his career as a Celtic fan, his loyalties have now switched to the Midlands club.

"I've been here for eight years now," he added. "I was a boyhood fan of Celtic and I could have joined their academy, but when I heard that Villa were interested I wanted to test myself down here.

"If you compare Scottish football with the Premier League it's like night and day. Coming to Villa has given me the chance to test myself at the highest level.

"It's the best decision I could have made and after all this time here I'm now a Villa supporter as well. This has become my club."