International call-ups could force Hibs postponement

Hibs midfield star John McGinn, above, and Jason Cummings have been iincluded in the Scotland Under-21 squad. Pic: Ian Rutherford
Hibs midfield star John McGinn, above, and Jason Cummings have been iincluded in the Scotland Under-21 squad. Pic: Ian Rutherford
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Hibs’ Championship trip to Falkirk next month faces the prospect of being rescheduled due to international call-ups.

The match is set for Saturday, September 5, the same day as Scotland Under-21s face Northern Ireland in a European Championship qualifier.

Hibs pair John McGinn and Jason Cummings have both been included in Ricky Sbragia’s squad for the Lurgan clash.

Teenager Scott Martin, who has featured prominently in his side’s opening matches this season, has already been called into the Scotland Under-19 squad for two friendlies in Bulgaria, on September 2 and September 4.

In addition, there is the prospect of Hibs striker Dominique Malonga being called up by Congo, who play Ghana in a friendly on September 1 and then face Guinea Bissau in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier on the same day as Hibs travel to Falkirk.

SPFL rules allow a club to postpone a match when three or more players have been called up for international duty.

Regulation G7 states: “A club shall be entitled to apply to the board for the postponement of any official match where three or more of its players who would otherwise have participated in such match are unavailable through international selection and, following receipt of such an application, the board may postpone and rearrange the relevant official match in accordance with rule G3.”

Rangers, Hibs’ Championship rivals, utilised the ruling on a couple of occasions last season. The Easter Road club were monitoring the situation prior to the Under-21 squad announcement and are set to make a decision imminently over whether they wish to reschedule the trip to Falkirk, widely viewed as one of the strongest sides in the division.