• Frustrating time suffering injury on his debut and being out for a lengthy period
  • First season in Scotland has 'opened his eyes' to Scottish football
  • Targeting the No.1 jersey next season

You had a tough experience at the start of the year, getting injured on your European debut?

“It’s difficult in those moments because there’s not much you can do. You just have to deal with the cards in front of you.

“There is no point in me throwing my toys out of the pram or automatically thinking the worst. You just have to be present in the moment and do what you can, control the controllable.

“It was frustrating, obviously. But you have to have patience.

“With the injury; at the time, I thought I could play on. But Paul [Hanlon] gave me one back pass, I tried to play it long and thought, ‘No, I can’t play on, this is just excruciating.’

“It happens, it was unfortunate, not ideal."

How hard is it being fit and available, but not playing?

“I couldn’t really do much. You build yourself up to get back fit, then you come back and credit to Marsh [David Marshall], he’s been playing unbelievably well, so you just have to wait for that opportunity.

“It’s a matter of time but, for a goalkeeper, it’s different. Outfielders can come on for the last ten minutes for weeks in a row. As a goalkeeper, you need that run of games to be consistent in your decision-making, your timing, your positioning, all those things. It is hard to go and play after being out for so long, but it’s expected of you as a goalkeeper.

“You obviously try to keep sharp in training and be professional in everything you do."

Do you feel you've improved game by game?

“Yeah. I mean, I don’t go out there intending to let in goals. Some things are out of your control.

“There is always room for improvement, always things that I can work on. There aren’t many games I look back on with hindsight, but there are always areas you can improve."

Do Ghana have games this summer - and will you be involved?

“I hope I’ll be away with Ghana, I haven’t heard anything yet. So fingers crossed.

“After that, it’s almost a reset for me. Whoever comes in, everyone is in the same boat, you have to impress and it’s not like you’re going to walk straight into the team.

Is the No. 1 jersey yours to lose?

“Yeah, that’s my incentive every season, whatever club I’m at. You have to think as a No.1. There is no point in thinking you will be on the bench, or you’re not striving to achieve things. So definitely the No. 1 shirt is the target for next year.

Is it more of a challenge playing out from the back when you're not playing as much?

“I wouldn’t say it’s challenging. You do as you’re told, take your orders, and play as the manager wants you to play.

“It’s something I’ve grown up with as well, playing out from the back, so I feel kind of comfortable. Obviously things do go wrong sometimes – but that’s the risk involved in playing out from the back. You do whatever the manager requires of you, to the best of your ability.

How's your first year in Scotland been?

“I think when you’re down south, your perspective is different from when you’re up here. I wouldn’t say there’s more pressure – but the culture up here is much bigger than you expect.

“Obviously I’ve seen that with the Edinburgh derbies, playing at Ibrox and Parkhead. It’s definitely opened my eyes to Scottish football, but I’ve definitely enjoyed it. There are things to be done next year. There are expectations on where this club should be, competing for the Scottish Cup, playing in European games. There will be a few individual targets for me next year, so hopefully I hit those.

From a player's perspective, what's it like losing two managers in one season?

“It’s not ideal. Because the building blocks, things don’t happen overnight, it takes time. So it’s a setback when you have to start again, a new manager with new ideas. But you just have to remain positive and concentrate on performing."