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Craig Levein Points Out John Souttar Has an Australian Grandmother in Effort to Hurry Scotland Up

Craig Levein Points Out John Souttar Has an Australian Grandmother in Effort to Hurry Scotland Up

Craig Levein has revealed that John Souttar has an Australian grandmother in the hope it may hurry Scotland to call him up for the national team.

The Hearts defender has been unable to make the breakthrough into the full national side despite being a regular for the Jambos under Levein and having six full seasons of first team football behind him.

It’s been speculated that he could earn a spot in Alex McLeish’s squad for upcoming fixtures with Belgium and Albania.

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But he was named in the Scotland Under 21 squad earlier this week – and that could suggest he’s not getting a full call-up when McLeish names his squad.

When asked about if he was ready for the national team, Levein revealed that Souttar has an Australian grandmother and they could be an option for him going forward.

Per skysports.com, Leven said: “He has been for a while.

“He’s got an Australian granny, you know that? I’m being serious. It is not my call though. I just know he’s got an Australian granny, that’s all.

“I’m not in any way, shape or form trying to tell anyone who to pick for the Scotland squad. I had enough people trying to tell me when I was the Scotland manager.

“I’m just pointing the fact out, that’s all.”

And it’s a good point to make, considering Scotland haven’t got a load of quality options at centre back and Souttar could be someone who steps up and becomes a regular in the future.

There has been no public communication from Australia that they are interested in Souttar, but that may change now Levein’s comments are out there.

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