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The 22-year-old centre is likely to form a key cog in Scotland’s midfield this term, and with his club side struggling both domestically and in the Heineken Cup – where they remain winless and have scored just two tries in five games – this international jaunt can’t come soon enough.
Indeed, Scott is relishing the chance to prepare for the tournament fully if selected, a luxury he had to forgo when he was whisked in for his Scotland debut in the 32-14 defeat against Ireland in last season’s RBS 6 Nations.
“I think playing from the start this time will help my performance, I felt a bit under-prepared last time and it was a step into the unknown,” said Scott.
“I’d like to be more involved than last year, I played about 20 minutes last year against Ireland and had no real build-up.
“It was fantastic to get capped, I didn’t really expect it or the way it happened, it was pretty last-minute.
“But the overriding memory of that game is that we lost heavily and it wasn’t a nice dressing room afterwards.
“It will be good just to take part, but I need to concentrate on Edinburgh before worrying about that.”
Now with seven caps to his name, Scott claims he’s relishing his new-found responsibility despite the added pressure.
Defeats against New Zealand, South Africa and Tonga in the autumn, though, brought home just how fine the margins are between success and failure at the highest level – something Scott insists he’s still learning.
“I’ve started the last few games for Scotland and I expect a bit better, that’s quite right at international level,” he added.
“I quite like the extra pressure that brings though, there’s no other way to learn at the top level.”
A new coaching set-up, led by interim head coach Scott Johnson, could herald a new era according to Scott.
The Dunfermline-born back also believes the opening fixture against England on February 2 could be the catalyst for something special.
“There was a lot of doom and gloom around Scotland last year, but I think the Six Nations could revitalise everyone,” he continued.
“Everyone was disappointed with the autumn results but hopefully we can take that into the Six Nations.
“In a lot of sports a new coaching set-up can make a difference, Scott [Johnson] obviously knows the players well anyway and he’s a good coach. He comes with a good pedigree
“We back ourselves against anyone at Murrayfield and we’ve got three games there so we need to do well in those games.
“We’re going into it with the expectation to win it. It’s a tough start against England and a lot will depend on that game and how we start.
“It will be a great game to be involved in, and a great tournament. Having watched it growing up to be playing on that stage will be fantastic.”