Scotland manager George Burley believes Scott Brown has been the country's best player this season.
The Celtic midfielder has impressed for club and country in recent months and Burley is confident there is still more to come from him.
The 23-year-old has been selected in the Scotland squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Holland and Iceland and Burley is glad to have him at his disposal.
He said: "I've been a lover of Scott Brown since day one. He is a top-class international player and he has been absolutely fantastic this season.
"And he's still young, he is still progressing. But the consistency he has shown and the maturity has been great.
"There have been a lot (of good players) but, in my opinion, Scott has been the best Scottish player this season."
Barry Ferguson and Darren Fletcher are also in the squad and Burley admits he is delighted with his midfield options.
He explained: "We are very strong in the midfield department. There is competition, which is encouraging because that's an area where you need to be strong.
"I think all three midfield players can perform at the highest international level.
"I haven't been able to have all three together so far as manager so I'm looking forward to it.
"We need everyone playing to their best and having those three players available is tremendous."
Scotland are currently second in Group 9 and Burley is seeking at least a draw from the clash with Holland.
"If we can get four points, we would be very happy. That would be a good tally over the two games," said Burley.
"Holland have won every game in the group so far. I saw them against Norway and we have had them watched numerous times.
"They are a great passing team and, if you look at their squad, there are players from Real Madrid, Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester City.
"They have a fabulous, talented group of players and we know that they will have the vast majority of the possession but we have to compete against them, that has to be our strength."