Ex-Chelsea ace Todd Kane eyeing promotion push with Coventry as he also aims for dream Scotland cap
TODD KANE has two ambitions this season.
He wants to help Coventry push for promotion to the Premier League AND play for Scotland.
The former Chelsea right-back moved to the Sky Blues on summer transfer-deadline day after two years at QPR.
And Kane, 27, got his first minutes of the season after returning from suspension by coming on as a sub in the 2-0 win against Middlesbrough last Saturday and the 1-0 win against Cardiff on Wednesday.
Coventry are flying – having won five of their opening seven games and are among the early Championship pace-setters, just one point off the top.
Kane told SunSport: “I’m absolutely loving it so far.
“This team has a core group that has been with the manager quite a while and they’ve been so welcoming.
“I’m so glad I joined such a big club with so much history.
“I’ve now got some minutes under my belt. I was involved in the build-up to our second goal against Boro and got a decent run-out on Wednesday.
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“Obviously, the team has been doing well so I can’t expect to just walk into the starting line-up – but I’m planning on getting myself up to a high standard to help this team. I see no reason why we can’t have a good season at the top part of the table.”
Kane revealed he has his heart set on playing for Scotland. His grandfather Peter heralds from Dundee, which qualifies him to play for the Tartan Army.
There was speculation that he would be called up two years ago – but Kane never heard anything official from the Scottish FA.
But he has told SunSport: “I’d love to play for Scotland.
“There was interest a couple of years ago and I’ve been contacted in the past to play for them in the age groups but back then I was in the England set up.
“When you’re younger it’s different, you don’t think about other nationalities. I was born in England, brought up in England and at 18 you think only of England.
“But as time goes on you have to do what is best for your career and if Scotland were to ask me to play for them, I’d love to.
“I’m half Scottish and have strong heritage in my family. My granddad is Scottish and all his family live in Dundee.”
Kane remembers Scotland boss Steve Clarke coaching him as a youngster when he was at Chelsea.
He said: “He was youth and reserve team manager before he got promoted by Jose Mourinho to be his assistant.
“He’s really good. I was only young. I remember him doing a couple of sessions with us and he was very strict.
“Look where he is now. Everyone speaks highly of him and his training sessions – and you have to give him great credit for getting Scotland to the Euros and they have a great chance of qualifying for the World Cup next winter in Qatar.
“I know a Scottish guy called Gerry Harvey, who used to run the education department at Chelsea, and he knows Clarkey well. He has been in my ear, ‘Toddy, you’re Scottish, why don’t you play for Scotland?’
“Well I’d love to – the opportunity hasn’t officially come up so I can’t say yes or no.
“But my priority right now is to get my head down, work hard, get into the Coventry team and then kickstart from there.
“And if I’m doing the business at club level, I’d be well up for playing international football and I believe I could help Scotland.”
Kane has been so impressed with boss Mark Robins, who has guided Coventry from League Two to the Championship.
The right-back says it as soon as he spoke to Robins on the phone during the summer his mind was made up – he wanted to join Coventry.
He said: “I had a conversation with him. I got off the phone and spoke to my parents and said, ‘I’m off to Coventry.’
“I could’ve gone to a couple of other Championship clubs but this summer I didn’t want to make a rushed decision like I have done in the past.
“I spoke to the manager and he impressed me so much. I thought I want to play for a manager like that.
“In the brief time I’ve been here, I’ve seen that he treats everyone the same.
“In training it’s high intensity which is really good.
“If you’re not training properly, he will tell you.
“When it comes to matchday, he has done all the work on the opposition.
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“And his assistant Adi Viveash used to be my youth team manager at Chelsea and he is quality.
“The manager had told me he wanted to raise the levels in training with my experience, versatility and quality.
“It’s always nice to get that from the manager. I needed a fresh start and I’ve come to a club that has made me feel wanted.”
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