SCOTLAND boss Alex McLeish has been hit by another call-off with Celtic defender Jack Hendry pulling out of the international squad for the games against Belgium and Albania.

The 23-year-old centre-half injured an ankle in his the Hoops’ 3-1 Betfred League Cup win over Partick Thiistle at Firhill and missed the 1-0 victory over Hamilton Accies at Parkhead on Sunday.

Big Eck’s men face World Cup semi-finalists Belgium in a friendly a week on Friday at Hampden and then play host to the Albanians in their UEFA Nations League opener three days later.

Hendry, who joined the champions from Dundee in January in a £1.2million switch, made his Scotland debut against Hungary in March and earned his second cap in Mexico in June.

Fulham midfielder Tom Cairney was forced to withdraw yesterday after sustaining an injury against Burnley at the weekend.

UP IN THE AIR…Jack Hendry against Hearts.


Goalkeepers: Jordan Archer (Millwall), Craig Gordon (Celtic), Allan McGregor (Rangers).

Defenders: Charlie Mulgrew (Blackburn), Stephen O’Donnell (Kilmarnock), Andy Robertson (Liverpool), Graeme Shinnie (Aberdeen), John Souttar (Hearts), Kieran Tierney (Celtic).

Midfielders: Stuart Armstrong (Southampton), James Forrest (Celtic), Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth), Kevin McDonald (Fulham), John McGinn (Aston Villa), Callum McGregor (Celtic), Scott McTominay (Manchester United), Callum Paterson (Cardiff City).

Forwards: Leigh Griffiths (Celtic), Oli McBurnie (Swansea City), Matt Phillips (West Brom), Johnny Russell (Sporting Kansas City).


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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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