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Ross McCrorie Says John Souttar is Reminder Scotland Cap Isn’t Far Away For 21s

Ross McCrorie Says John Souttar is Reminder Scotland Cap Isn’t Far Away For 21s

Ross McCrorie says John Souttar is a reminder that a Scotland senior cap isn’t far away for the Under 21s.

The Rangers midfielder is set to again captain the young Tartan Army side tonight as they go up against Netherlands in a European Championship qualifier.

He led Scot Gemmill’s team out against Andorra on Thursday night – helping them to a well deserved 3-0 victory.

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And before tonight’s game, the squad sat down to watch the senior side go up against Albania at Hampden last night in their first Nations League match.

Alex McLeish’s men won 3-0 with several players starring in the victory, including Hearts defender Souttar.

McCrorie believes his performance in the last two Scotland senior games should serve as a reminder to the Under 21s that a top team call-up is never far away.

Speaking, per scottishfa.co.uk, McCrorie said: “We all watched the game together and obviously everyone was delighted with the result.

“Scotland played really well as a team from start to finish and took their chances. It was a great way to start the Nations League.

“We’re all used to playing with John in the younger age-groups so it was especially pleasing to see him play the way he did. We wouldn’t expect anything less.

“I think that also reminds the boys here that if you work hard and keep the head down then the senior squad isn’t an unrealistic target.

“We showed we could beat the Dutch last year in Paisley. We’re extremely talented and the team is probably better than it was back then, but we know they’re also very highly regarded and have had some big results of their own. It’s one we’re looking forward to.”

It’s a good point from McCrorie as several recent Under 21 caps have managed to go on to get senior call-ups.

Scott McKenna made the progression at the start of McLeish’s tenure in charge, while Oli McBurnie, Lewis Morgan and now Souttar have made the move too.

If McCrorie himself can get back to regular games for Rangers then it won’t be long until he’s on the radar of McLeish for the national team.

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