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Men's Football McLeish turns to youth for upcoming friendlies

HIBERNIAN midfielder Dylan McGeouch is among six new Scotland call-ups after Alex McLeish named the first squad of his second spell in charge today.

McLeish had previously confirmed Scott McTominay would be selected and the Manchester United midfielder is joined by Hearts goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin, Wolves left-back Barry Douglas, Aberdeen defender Scott McKenna and striker Oli McBurnie, who has scored five goals in seven matches since joining Barnsley on loan from Swansea.

Three more uncapped players are in the squad for friendlies against Costa Rica and Hungary later this month — Millwall goalkeeper Jordan Archer, Fulham midfielder Kevin McDonald and Rangers winger Jamie Murphy.

McLeish was unable to select a number of experienced players through injury, including Craig Gordon, James Morrison, Barry Bannan and Steven Fletcher, but others have failed to make the pool, including Robert Snodgrass and Darren Fletcher.

“It is a fresh start,” McLeish said. “There’s a couple of the experienced players not in the squad but I know what they can do. I want to have a look at some other players.

“It’s a couple of friendly games, it doesn’t mean we will play friendly, but I certainly want to look at players who have been doing well for their clubs.

“We want them to play the way they have been playing for their clubs and try and challenge themselves to become even better.”

McLeish confirmed McGeouch made a “late run” into the squad after watching the former Celtic player shine in Hibs’ victory over Hearts on Friday.

“The next step is the guys prove it,” he added. “They have to now show they can live with other international teams, improve their game and see if they can raise the bar to the highest level they can possibly go.”

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