Hartley eyes Scotland recall

Midfielder says he will never quit international football

Hartley: Wants Scotland recall

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Paul Hartley is keen to secure a recall to the Scotland squad after his impressive start to his Aberdeen career.

The experienced midfielder has been named Aberdeen captain following his move from Bristol City and celebrated his debut by scoring a hat-trick of penalties in Saturday's 4-0 win over Hamilton Academical.

Hartley is now hoping to build on his record-breaking feat by forcing his way into Craig Levein's squad for next month's Euro 2012 qualifiers.

The 33-year-old appeared as a substitute in Levein's first game in charge against the Czech Republic earlier this year, but was overlooked for the midweek friendly defeat by Sweden.

However, Hartley has no plans to quit international football and is eyeing a recall for the double-header against Lithuania and Liechtenstein in early September.

"I have always said I will never ever retire from international football, I will always make myself available," said Hartley.

"If I'm playing well I hope to get picked, but if I'm not then I won't be picked, it's as simple as that.

"All I can do is try to keep playing well and you never know. There are two big games coming up next month, so if I'm playing well then great."