MORTON striker Jai Quitongo and Celtic keeper Ross Doohan have been rewarded for their good form this season with their first Scotland Under-21 call-up.
The Greenock frontman, son of former Hearts and Hamilton star Jose, and the Hoops kid gloves were drafted into Scot Gemmill’s side for the International Challenge Match in Slovakia a week tomorrow.
Nineteen-year-old Quitongo, who impressed in the Cappielow side’s 2-0 loss in the Betfred League Cup semi-final against Aberdeen last month, has scored six goals in an impressive campaign.
Doohan, 18, will be joined in the squad with Celtic colleagues Liam Henderson and Aidan Nesbitt, who is currently playing alongside Quitongo during his loan spell from the Hoops.
Boss Gemmill has also brought in Hamilton striker Eamonn Brophy, who impressed during loan spells at Queen’s Park and Dumbarton.
The Under-21 gaffer said: “This match will offer the players another tough test as Slovakia have qualified for next summer’s finals.
“I think it’s important we continue to face strong opposition and challenge the players every time they come away with us. I’ve included a couple of new faces and, hopefully, they will see this as their opportunity to impress.
“I said last month that I will leave no stone unturned in finding the best young players for the squad and this is a good chance for some new ones to come in and make their mark.”
FULL SQUAD: Goalkeepers: Ross Doohan (Celtic), Ryan Fulton (Liverpool, loan to Chesterfield), Robbie Mutch (Aberdeen, loan to Arbroath);
Defenders: Kyle Cameron (Newcastle, loan to Newport), Alex Iacovitti (Nottingham Forest, loan to Mansfield), Zak Jules (Reading), Calum MacDonald (Derby), Jake Sheppard (Reading), Liam Smith and John Souttar (both (Hearts);
Midfielders: Chris Cadden (Motherwell), Greg Docherty (Hamilton),Liam Henderson (Celtic), James Jones (Crewe Alexandra), Aidan Nesbitt (Celtic, loan to Morton), Ruben Sammut (Chelsea);
Forwards: Eamonn Brophy (Hamilton), Ryan Hardie (Rangers, loan to St Mirren), Jai Quitongo (Morton).