Three Hearts/Hibs players called into Scotland squad

Steven Whittaker and John McGinn will join the Scotland camp after the game while Deivydas Matulevicius and Vykintas Slivka head for Vilnius
Steven Whittaker and John McGinn will join the Scotland camp after the game while Deivydas Matulevicius and Vykintas Slivka head for Vilnius
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Hibs players John McGinn and Steven Whittaker and Hearts captain Christophe Berra have been called into the Scotland squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Lithuania and Malta.

The trio are part of a 27-man squad assembled by manager Gordon Strachan for two must-win matches if Scotland are to make it to Russia 2018.

Jambos defender Berra was part of the last squad and played in the 2-2 draw with England at Hampden in June, while McGinn and Whittaker return to the group after being omitted last time.

There is, however, no place for Jack Hamilton. The Hearts goalkeeper has been left out entirely after making previous squads and has been replaced in the group by Millwall stopper Jordan Archer.

Scotland take on Lithuania in Vilnius on Friday, September 1 before hosting Malta at Hampden on Monday, September 4.

Hearts captain Christophe Berra is also included. Pic: SNS

Hearts captain Christophe Berra is also included. Pic: SNS