JON McLaughlin, who made his Scotland debut in the 1-0 defeat to Mexico in the Azteca Stadium on Saturday night, has admitted that he is unsure where his future lies after Hearts signed Zdenek Zlamal.

McLaughlin, 30, capped an outstanding 2017/18 campaign when he made his first appearance for his country against the Russia 2018 finalists in Central America.

But he remains uncertain if he will return to Tynecastle, where manager Craig Levein has brought in former Czech internationalist Zlamal, as his contract has expired.

“I go back and I have a couple of days in Edinburgh before I go away on a family holiday," he said. "I will get some time off and some much-needed rest. I hope to relax and get a bit of sun because we didn’t get much of that in Peru.

"My future is still uncertain and I still have to figure out where I am going to be playing my football next season. Hopefully my performance against Mexico will be a good advert for myself. I have enjoyed my time at Hearts and would be happy to remain a Hearts player next season.

“But they need to look after themselves and do what is right for them. If I do hear from them then I will see, but I am just waiting to see what calls come to me and what offers come.”

McLaughlin admitted he had been honoured to make his first appearance for Alex McLeish's side in the friendly match against Mexcio in the fabled Azteca Stadium on Saturday.

“It was amazing and a very proud moment for me and the family to represent my country and to get my first full cap," he said. "To do it in the Azteca Stadium in that surrounding and setting just made it even more special.”

“I was nervous obviously because these are big games and more so than your run of the mill league games, your bread and butter. This has the added extra that we all want to do well. We are all desperate to impress.

“When you have time to ponder, like I did ahead of the game, and you know the standard and quality of the opposition you are going to face then of course there were nerves because Mexico are a top team. That just adds to it and makes it a really special night to have been out there.

“I had to pinch myself when I was looking around, playing for Scotland in front of more than 70,000 fans.”