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Craig Halkett earns first Scotland call up as Steve Clarke prepares for friendly against Poland

Hearts defender Craig Halkett called up to Scotland squad for the first time and Sunderland striker Ross Stewart is set to follow him as Steve Clarke prepares for friendly against Poland

  • Hearts’ Craig Halkett has been drafted in to the Scotland squad for the first time
  • Injuries mean that Steve Clarke’s centre-back options are limited this month
  • Ross Stewart is set for a call up after scoring 22 goals for Sunderland this term
  • Scotland host Poland in a friendly at Hampden Park on Thursday evening

Hearts defender Craig Halkett has been drafted in to the Scotland squad for his first call-up.

Sunderland striker Ross Stewart is also set for a late call from Steve Clarke ahead of Thursday night’s friendly with Robert Lewandowski’s Poland.

Capped just once at under-19 level 26-year-old Halkett has forged a productive partnership with Rangers-bound teammate John Souttar as Hearts head for a third place finish in the SPFL Premiership.

Craig Halkett has been capped by Scotland's under-19s but has never played a senior game

Craig Halkett has been capped by Scotland’s under-19s but has never played a senior game

Injuries to Souttar, Liam Cooper and Nottingham Forest pivot Scott McKenna meant that Steve Clarke was left with only Grant Hanley and Jack Hendry at the heart of his defence. 

It has presented a chance for former Livingston defender Halkett to claim his chance at international level. 

Clarke Striker Stewart is also set to join up with the squad today after 22 goals for League One Sunderland.

Halkett's Hearts centre-back partner John Souttar (left) is currently sidelined through injury

Halkett’s Hearts centre-back partner John Souttar (left) is currently sidelined through injury

Sunderland striker Ross Stewart has 22 goals to his name this term and is also set for a call up

Sunderland striker Ross Stewart has 22 goals to his name this term and is also set for a call up

Watched by assistant manager John Carver, the former Ross County star has kicked on since leaving Ross County for English football last year

Lyndon Dykes was named in the squad, but is on the way back from five weeks on the sidelines and has yet to start training with club QPR.

QPR keeper David Marshall is also a likely call-off after limping out of action. St Johnstone’s Zander Clark is a likely replacement.

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