But while the Ibrox midfielder believes that being tested at international level is different to the rigours of domestic duty, he has insisted that in some ways playing for his country is actually EASIER than playing for Rangers.
As Ally McCoist's side continue their ascent through the leagues, there have been some bruising encounters along the way.
And Macleod enjoys the chance to take a bit of breathing space when the chance to play for his country presents itself.
"There is a definite step up when you play for your country because you are playing against the best," he said. "But in some ways it is easier for a guy in my position because you get a bit more time on the ball to think and make a decision.
"With Rangers, we play teams every week who push up, who work to close us down really quickly and who are always looking to get in your face and break up play.
"You just don't get a lot of time on the ball whereas in international football you get that wee bit longer. I really enjoy it and hopefully we can get a good result against Slovakia."
Billy Stark's side have had a fraught time of late after being hammered by both England and Holland.
Stark has led the team to consecutive second- placed finishes in recent campaigns without making it to a finals.
Scotland take on Slovakia this evening in Paisley before heading to Georgia next week.
And Macleod has insisted that the mood within the camp is positive despite the adverse results recently.
"The boys all felt a bit hard done by after the defeat from Holland because we created a lot of chances, didn't take them and then within a really short period we had conceded four goals," he said.
"But we are just trying to look forward now. We have a chance to go and play in front of a home support and hopefully get all three points.
"Slovakia will be a good team so we know that we have to play to our best.
"But we can't afford to go into the game in a negative frame of mind and thinking about the recent defeats.
"We want to be positive, get a result and hopefully take that with us to Georgia."
Macleod netted an impressive overhead kick for his club at the weekend as Rangers beat Ayr United and the youngster is looking to try and add a few more between now and the end of the season.
"It is always nice to get your name on the scoresheet but it is something that I should probably be doing a bit more," he said.
"I have been trying to do a bit of work on that and it was a nice feeling to score on Sunday.
"We have scored a lot of goals already this season and I'd like to think that I'll be able to contribute a few throughout the season.
"It's certainly something that I'd like to add to my game."