Three of Hearts’ young players, who have played significant roles in taking the Tynecastle side to the top of the SPFL Championship table, have been rewarded with call-ups to the Scotland Under-21 squad.
Goalkeeper Jack Hamilton, defender Jordan McGhee and attacking midfielder Sam Nicholson were included in Billy Stark’s squad for the forthcoming European Championship qualifiers away to Slovakia and Luxembourg, which was announced this morning.
For Nicholson it is a first call-up at Under-21 level while Hamilton will go into the matches boosted by his first taste of senior league action for Hearts, having impressed in their last two victories, against Hibs and Raith Rovers after being promoted due to injuries to Neil Alexander and Scott Gallacher.
Scotland Under 21 squad: Goalkeepers: Jordan Archer (Tottenham Hotspur*), Jack Hamilton (Heart of Midlothian), Jonathan Henly (Reading). Defenders: Stuart Findlay (Celtic), Marcus Fraser (Celtic), Stephen Hendrie (Hamilton Academical), Dominic Hyam (Reading), Ryan Jack (Aberdeen), Jordan McGhee (Heart of Midlothian), Clark Robertson (Aberdeen). Midfielders: Stuart Armstrong (Dundee United), Ryan Gauld (Sporting Clube de Portugal), Lewis Macleod (Rangers), John McGinn (St Mirren), Craig Slater (Kilmarnock). Forwards: Ryan Christie (Inverness Caledonian Thistle), Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth), Stevie May (Sheffield Wednesday), Sam Nicholson (Heart of Midlothian)
* On loan at Northampton Town
(Matches to be played in Slovakia on Thursday, September 4 and in Luxembourg on Monday, September 8).