Young Hibees can stake their international claim

Danny Handling has a chance to establish himself
Danny Handling has a chance to establish himself
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A raft of Hibs youngsters will have the chance to book international call-ups when Scotland Under-21 manager Billy Stark takes in their match against Falkirk on Saturday.

Stark is due to announce his squad this Monday for next month’s double-header against Slovakia and Luxembourg which will bring the curtain down on the young Scots’ Euro 2015 campaign. Hibs players Sam Stanton, Alex Harris and Danny Handling are already prominent in his thoughts and have a good chance of inclusion, while Stark is hoping Jason Cummings and Matt Kennedy will give him some food for thought.

With the Scots’ hopes of making it to next summer’s finals in Czech Republic all but over, his next squad will be made up predominantly of players eligible to play in the 2017 campaign.

“I’m going to Easter Road hoping to see the Hibs youngsters play,” said Stark. “Stanton and Handling are already in the mix and now Matt Kennedy’s at Hibs as well and he’s going to be ready for the 21s.

“Young Cummings is also on the radar. I really like Alex Harris too. I’m looking forward to catching up on those boys.”

Centre-back Jordon Forster, born in 1993, is set to miss out on a maiden call-up as he will be too old to feature in the next campaign. Hearts pair Kevin McHattie and Jason Holt are in the same boat, although may have an outside chance of getting the nod for their relative experience at Under-21 level.

Defender Jordan McGhee is the likeliest of the Tynecastle contingent to be included, with goalkeeper Jack Hamilton plus Billy King and Sam Nicholson sure to be on Stark’s radar.