Danny Wilson given Scotland recall hope

Danny Wilson has been in fine form for Hearts. Pic: SNS
Danny Wilson has been in fine form for Hearts. Pic: SNS
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Hearts captain Danny Wilson has been reassured that he will come into the reckoning for a Scotland recall as long as he can maintain his best form on a consistent basis.

Wilson made his Scotland debut aged just 18 shortly after moving from Rangers to Liverpool. However, after struggling to get first-team football during his time down south, the defender fell out of the Scotland set-up, with the last of his five appearances coming just over two years ago when he gave away a costly penalty in the 2-2 draw at home to Czech Republic.

The 21-year-old has been a standout this season in Hearts’ battle to overcome a 15-point penalty and stay in the Scottish Premiership.

Stuart McCall, the Scotland coach, acknowledged that the national team is short of quality centre-backs and suggested that manager Gordon Strachan would have little hesitation in recalling Wilson to the fold if he can maintain his early-season form.

Having previously explained why Aberdeen youngster Ryan Jack may have to bide his time as Scotland have so many midfielders to pick from, McCall said: “Danny’s position is a little bit different in that we don’t have an abundance of centre-halves. For any player it is about striving to give the best they have got week in, week out at club level. Consistency is the key and if they are playing well enough, they won’t fall under the radar of the manager.”