Hearts' Craig Gordon and Kevin Nisbet of Hibs get Scotland call for triple-header

Kevin Nisbet has received his first Scotland call-up, with the Hibs striker named in Steve Clarke’s squad for the matches against Austria, Israel, and the Faroe Islands.

Tuesday, 16th March 2021, 1:08 pm
Updated Tuesday, 16th March 2021, 1:15 pm
Craig Gordon of Hearts and Hibs striker Kevin Nisbet have both been included in the squad
Craig Gordon of Hearts and Hibs striker Kevin Nisbet have both been included in the squad

The 24-year-old has struck 14 goals since moving to Easter Road last summer and joins fellow new boy Che Adams in the squad.

The former England Under-20 international had previously rebuffed an approach by the Scottish FA to persuade him to swap allegiances but has U-turned on his decision. The Leicester-born striker qualifies through a Scottish grandparent.

Nisbet has never been capped by Scotland at any level but could make his international bow during the first bank of World Cup qualifiers later this month.

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Hearts goalkeeper Craig Gordon is also named in the team and could get the nod if Derby County goalkeeper David Marshall fails to shake off a back complaint in time for the international break.

Gordon has 55 caps already for Scotland and could add to that in the near future.

Celtic defender Jack Hendry is also included in the squad after impressing on loan for Belgian side KV Oostende but is no room for Celtic duo Leigh Griffiths and David Turnbull, while Leeds United’s Liam Cooper misses out through injury.

Sheffield United forward Oli Burke, Lawrence Shankland of Dundee United, and Sheffield Wednesday utility man Callum Paterson also miss out despite involvement in the last squad.

Scotland play Austria and the Faroe Islands at Hampden on March 25 and 31 respectively, with a trip to Israel scheduled for March 28.

Goalkeepers: Craig Gordon (Hearts), David Marshall (Derby), Jon McLaughlin (Sunderland)

Defenders: Andy Considine (Aberdeen), Declan Gallagher (Motherwell), Grant Hanley (Norwich City), Jack Hendry (KV Oostende, on loan from Celtic), Scott McKenna (Nottingham Forest), Stephen O'Donnell (Motherwell), Liam Palmer (Sheffield Wednesday), Andy Robertson (Liverpool), Greg Taylor (Celtic), Kieran Tierney (Arsenal)

Midfielders: Stuart Armstrong (Southampton), Ryan Christie (Celtic), John Fleck (Sheffield United), Ryan Jack (Rangers), John McGinn (Aston Villa), Callum McGregor (Celtic), Kenny McLean (Norwich City), Scott McTominay (Manchester United)

Forwards: Che Adams (Southampton), Lyndon Dykes (QPR), Ryan Fraser (Newcastle), Oli McBurnie (Sheffield United), Kevin Nisbet (Hibs)

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