Midfielder Prince Buaben hopes his move to Partick Thistle can keep his World Cup dreams alive as he looks to gatecrash Ghanaâ€™s squad for Brazil.
Buaben was left heartbroken when his World Cup hopes four years ago were ended by injury just a month before the tournament in South Africa kicked off.
The 25-year-old now wants to make up for that by reclaiming his place in the Black Stars squad and admitted he had to leave Carlisle to make that happen.
Buaben signed a loan deal with Alan Archibaldâ€™s side.
On the reasons behind his move, Buaben said: â€œMyself and my agent have been speaking to the Ghana manager Akwasi Appiah and he told me I need to be playing at a good level to have a chance of going to the World Cup.
â€œI had an opportunity four years ago to go to the World Cup but I injured my knee in a friendly. The game was in Ghana and I wasnâ€™t used to the surface.
â€œIt was so hard to take and while I was hoping Ghana would win games in South Africa I could barely bring myself to watch any of the matches and only watched their quarter-final fixture where they lost on penalties to Uruguay. This time weâ€™ve got a great group with Germany, the USA and Portugal and the fact that itâ€™s in Brazil would make it a dream to be a part of â€“ but I need to be playing first.
â€œThe Ghana manager says I need to be playing in the top flight. I donâ€™t mean any disrespect to League One in England but this is the Scottish Premiership.
â€œI was called up last year for a friendly against Nigeria but it was called off and then I got injured so Iâ€™ve not had many chances.
â€œI want to go to the World Cup. I know the manager likes me and always phones my agent to see how Iâ€™m progressing. Thereâ€™s a lot of competition with the likes of Michael Essien and Kevin-Prince Boateng in the team so that highlights the quality the manager can call upon.
â€œI spoke to Essien and he told me to keep focused â€“ even though we play in the same position, he always encourages me. Heâ€™s gone to AC Milan, Iâ€™ve come to Partick Thistle â€“ maybe one day Iâ€™ll be at Real Madrid.â€