Hibs star Martin Boyle to be included in Australia squad - but won't play

Hibs winger Martin Boyle will be included in the Australia squad to face Kuwait when it is announced on Friday.

Thursday, 4th October 2018, 1:50 pm
Updated Thursday, 4th October 2018, 1:52 pm

However, the 25-year-old won’t play in the friendly as he still requires an Australian passport.

Boyle’s impressive form for the Easter Road side this season saw him touted for a Scotland call-up which would have seen him become involved in an international tug of war.

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However he wasn’t picked by Alex McLeish for Scotland’s Uefa Nations League clash with Israel and friendly against Portugal this month.

It has opened the door for Australia boss Graham Arnold to utilise the player with Boyle, who was born in Scotland, qualifying for the Socceroos through his Australian-born father.

Fox Sports 500 in Australia have reported that the player will be picked for a training camp in the United Arab Emirates but won’t be eligible for the match with Kuwait on 15 October.

Next month Australia have friendlies against South Korea and Lebanon ahead of the Asian Cup in January 2019. If Boyle were to feature for Australia in a friendly match he would still be able to play for Scotland but that would change with a competitive encounter.

Martin Boyle to be called up by Australia. Picture: SNS/Sammy Turner

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