Scotland international Ikechi Anya claims Hull midfielder Robert Snodgrass has given the national side a huge boost.

Anya hails Snodgrass return

Anya hails Snodgrass return

The Tigers midfielder missed out on the majority of the Euro 2016 qualification campaign as he spent 15 months on the sidelines with a knee injury.

However, the 29-year-old returned to international action as he bagged a hat-trick in the 5-1 win over Malta last month.

Anya feels Snodgrass can be a key figure in helping the Scots to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia and has hailed his positive influence on the squad.

"He is such a positive influence on the group," said Anya.

"It was devastating for him personally when he got such a bad knee injury. But you can see what he brings to the team and, against Malta, it looked like he was making up for lost time.

"He is always buzzing."

Gordon Strachan’s men sit top of Group F and host Lithuania on Saturday before travelling away to Slovakia on Tuesday.