Hearts defender John Souttar set for Scotland call-up
Last Updated: 26/08/18 10:57pm
Hearts defender John Souttar is set to be called up to Alex McLeish’s Scotland squad on Monday, according to Sky sources.
Souttar was named in the U21 squad earlier this week but will now be promoted to the senior group for the friendly against Belgium and Nations League opener versus Albania.
The 21-year-old will be a replacement for Aberdeen's Scott McKenna, who is sidelined with a hamstring injury.
Souttar received his first call-up for the summer matches against Peru and Mexico but had to withdraw because of injury.
It is also understood that Sporting Kansas City attacker Johnny Russell and Kilmarnock right-back Stephen O'Donnell will retain their places in the squad after the post-season challenge matches in the Americas.
Souttar has played a key role in Hearts' impressive start to the Scottish Premiership season, with Craig Levein's side top of the table after three wins from three.
And his fine form is set to be rewarded with a call-up to McLeish's squad which will welcome Belgium to Hampden on September 7 before the visit of Albania three days later.
However, Crystal Palace midfielder James McArthur will not be called up to the squad.
He has requested that he take a break from international football until the New Year in order to manage a back problem.
Scotland will travel to Haifa to play Israel in the Nations League in October.