Fit-again Canaries defender Hanley gets another Scotland chance

PUBLISHED: 14:03 01 October 2019 | UPDATED: 14:03 01 October 2019

Grant Hanley has been on the bench for Norwich City's last three games 
Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Grant Hanley has been on the bench for Norwich City's last three games Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Paul Chesterton

Norwich City defender Grant Hanley has been called up again for Scotland, after having to drop out of contention during the previous international break due to injury.

Canaries team-mate Kenny McLean retains his place ahead of Euro 2020 qualifiers against Russia and San Marino, having started four of his country's last five games.

Hanley however won the last of his 30 caps in March 2018 and had to pull out of Steve Clarke's previous squad due to a groin injury, missing home defeats to Belgium and Russia.

The centre-back has been an unused substitute for City's last three matches but is thought to be in contention to return to Daniel Farke's starting XI for this Saturday's home clash against Aston Villa.

Midfielder McLean, who has 10 caps, has started four of the Canaries' seven Premier League games so far this season and headed in the opening goal during a landmark 3-2 win over reigning champions Manchester City earlier this month.

The Scots look highly unlikely to be able to salvage qualification, sitting fifth in Group I on six points behind Cyprus and Kazakhstan with four games to play.

That starts against second-placed Russia in Moscow on Thursday, October 10 (7.45pm) before returning to Glasgow for another qualifier, against minnows San Marino on Sunday, October 13 (5pm).

The call-ups follow on from Canaries striker Teemu Pukki being named in the Finland squad ahead of two qualifiers during the approaching international break.

SCOTLAND SQUAD

Goalkeepers: Craig MacGillivray (Portsmouth), David Marshall (Wigan Athletic), Jon McLaughlin (Sunderland)

Defenders: Liam Cooper (Leeds United), Michael Devlin (Aberdeen), Grant Hanley (Norwich City), Charlie Mulgrew (Wigan Athletic, on loan from Blackburn), Stephen O'Donnell (Kilmarnock), Liam Palmer (Sheffield Wednesday), Andrew Robertson (Liverpool), Greg Taylor (Celtic)

Midfielders: Ryan Christie (Celtic), John Fleck (Sheffield United), Ryan Jack (Rangers), John McGinn (Aston Villa), Callum McGregor (Celtic), Kenny McLean (Norwich City), Scott McTominay (Manchester United), Robert Snodgrass (West Ham)

Forwards: Oliver Burke (Alaves, on loan from West Brom), James Forrest (Celtic), Ryan Fraser (AFC Bournemouth), Oliver McBurnie (Sheffield United), Johnny Russell (Sporting Kansas City), Lawrence Shankland (Dundee United)

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