Aberdeen winger Jonny Hayes is determined to force his way back into manager Craig Brown's plans but believes he is battling for a place in one of the strongest sides in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League.
The Irishman has been forced to settle for substitute appearances in the last two outings against Kilmarnock and Dundee United after recovering from injury.
The form of Ryan Fraser has made competition even stiffer but Hayes accepts he must bide his time and make an impact when the opportunity arises.
He said: "I knew after missing a game I wouldn't come straight back in. The team won two games on the bounce.
"It is a little bit frustrating but you can't do anything. You can't argue with the gaffer, he's picking a team and the team are performing.
"The team are doing well and I'm happy from that point of view.
"We have one of the best squads in the SPL, without a doubt. You only have to look at the strength of our bench most weeks.
"All players have to understand you can't just walk into the team.
"You have to bide your time and work harder off the pitch, in training, and in the gym and wait for your opportunity.
"When you get a chance you have to take it."