Hibs star Gunnarsson caps dream week with Norway call-up

Niklas Gunnarsson, bottom, left enjoys the Hibs cup parade. Pic: Greg Macvean

Niklas Gunnarsson, bottom, left enjoys the Hibs cup parade. Pic: Greg Macvean

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Hibs star Niklas Gunnarsson has capped a weekend to remember with an international call-up for Norway’s match with Portugal.

The defender played the final tem minutes of Saturday’s historic Scottish Cup Final victory over Rangers, before soaking up the incredible celebrations around Edinburgh during Sunday’s bus parade.

He will now join up with the Norway squad tomorrow ahead of the match in Oporto on Sunday.

Gunnarsson, who has already been capped at Under-23 level, said: “I am very proud to be in the squad, especially for a match against a country like Portugal.

“I received the call on Sunday morning before the victory parade, and it has topped off an incredible weekend for me. To see the reaction of the fans and everyone around the club has been very special.

“The call-up has justified my decision to move here in January and I’m looking forward to meeting up with the squad now.”

Goalkeeper Otso Virtanen has also been selected for international duty, joining up with the Finland Under 21 side for their European Championship Qualifier against Faroe Islands on July. 2.