Kevin Nisbet in Scotland squad: What Steve Clarke said about decision to call up Hibs striker
Scotland boss Steve Clarke has revealed what convinced him to name Hibs striker Kevin Nisbet in the squad for this month’s 2022 World Cup qualifier triple-header.
The 24-year-old striker was one of two uncapped forwards included in the selection, along with Southampton’s Che Adams, and Clarke outlined the qualities that had convinced him to hand Nisbet a chance.
"Kevin’s shown this year that he’s a good goalscorer,” Clarke told Sky Sports Scotland as he discussed his squad picks.
"I like his movement in the box, and the way he finds space in the box.”
Nisbet has scored 14 goals in all competitions since making the move from Dunfermline Athletic last summer and scored the winner against Ross County last weekend to end a run of eight games without a goal.
Reported transfer interest in the player resulted in him being dropped to the bench, coinciding with an upturn in Hibs’ results.
Clarke continued: “He had a missed opportunity, if you like, to go to Birmingham in the January window. He's recovered well from that and I've spoken to [Jack Ross] who has been pleased with his attitude in training.
"I've watched the last couple of games and I feel Kevin has the bit between his teeth. It's an area where we don't particularly excel at, scoring goals.”
Scotland scored three goals in their last five matches with Lyndon Dykes, Ryan Christie, and Ryan Fraser on target against Slovakia, Serbia, and the Czech Republic respectively.
Clarke added: "If you look at the last few games, there aren't too many goals. Hopefully Kevin can give us something a little bit different as well."