U-21 call-ups set to force Hibs match postponement

Liam Henderson has been in fine form for Hibs
Liam Henderson has been in fine form for Hibs
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Hibs’ Championship match against Livingston on Saturday week is set to be postponed after three Easter Road youngsters were named in Scotland’s Under-21 squad which faces Ukraine the night before.

Liam Henderson is the latest to receive a call-up from Ricky Sbragia, joining team-mates John McGinn and Jason Cummings in the squad alongside five players from Hearts – Jack Hamilton, Callum Paterson, Billy King, Sam Nicholson and Jordan McGhee.

There are no Premiership matches scheduled for that weekend as it has been set aside for European Championship play-off ties but a full Championship programme was in place. However, with three players part of the Under-21 squad which plays their next Euro qualifying game at St Mirren Park, Hibs will now be entitled to ask for a postponement of Livi’s visit.

Hull defender Andrew Robertson, who has eight full caps to his name, is also part of the 24-man party.

With the senior squad without a friendly match this month, Scotland boss Gordon Strachan will form part of the Under-21s backroom team.

Strachan watched on from the stands as Scotland drew 0-0 with Iceland at Pittodrie last month and will spend next week familiarising himself with the young players hoping to be part of next year’s FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign.

Scotland Under-21 squad to face Ukraine at St Mirren Park on Friday, November 13: R Fulton (Liverpool), Hamilton (Heart of Midlothian), Kelly (Rangers), Findlay (Celtic, on loan to Kilmarnock), Fraser (Ross County), Hyam (Reading), Love (Manchester United, on loan to Wigan Athletic), McFadzean (Sheffield United), McGhee (Hearts), Paterson (Hearts), Robertson (Hull City, J Fulton (Swansea City, on loan to Oldham Athletic), Henderson (Celtic, on loan to Hibs), McGinn (Hibs), Slater (Kilmarnock), Souttar (Dundee United), Christie (Celtic, on loan to Inverness Caledonian Thistle), Cummings (Hibs), King (Hearts), Mallan (St Mirren), McBurnie (Swansea City), McKay (Rangers), Nicholson (Hearts), Shankland (Aberdeen, on loan to St Mirren).