Hearts winger Callumn Morrison withdraws from Scotland Under-21 squad

Hearts teenager Callumn Morrison has withdrawn from the Scotland Under-21 squad with the permission of coach Scot Gemmill.

Wednesday, 20th March 2019, 1:43 pm
Updated Wednesday, 20th March 2019, 1:48 pm
Hearts winger Callumn Morrison has withdrawn from the Scotland Under-21 squad

The pair agreed that Morrison could stay at home for personal reasons rather than travel to Marbella to play in friendlies against Mexico and Sweden.

The winger has enjoyed a hectic breakthrough season at Tynecastle Park, making 36 senior appearances despite the arrival of 18 signings last summer. He also became a father seven weeks ago when his son, Harris, was born.

He had cordial talks with Gemmill, who previously coached him with Scotland Under-17s, and both men agreed that the 19-year-old could remain at home this week.

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Fellow Hearts youngster Jamie Brandon has travelled with the Scotland Under-21 squad to the south of Spain and is expected to be involved in the friendlies.

Gemmill's side face Mexico Under-21s at 2pm on Friday at Marbella's Dama De Noche complex. They then meet Sweden Under-21s on Monday for a 12.30pm kick-off at the Marbella Football Centre.

The matches are being used as preparation for the 2021 European Under-21 Championship qualifiers starting later this year. Scotland are in Group 4 alongside Croatia, Czech Republic, Greece, Lithuania and San Marino.