RYAN PORTEOUS has been called into Steve Clarke’s World Cup squad for tonight’s final Group F qualifier against Denmark at a sold-out Hampden.

The 22-year-old Hibs defender is a replacement for Scott McTominay, who has not recovered from illness which ruled the Manchester United player out of Scotland’s 2-0 victory away to Moldova on Friday, as reported on Sky Sports News.

Porteous is likely to start the game on the substitutes’ bench with Club Brugge’s Jack Hendry and Leeds United’s Liam Cooper again getting the nod to play in central defence.

Clarke also called up Celtic’s rejuvenated Anthony Ralston yesterday, as Scotzine reported.

The 22-year-old Hoops right-back will take the place of Rangers counterpart Nathan Patterson who is suspended after picking up a second booking in Moldova.

Scotland are assured of a 2022 World Cup play-off berth ahead of the visit of the Danes who have already won the section with a 100 per cent record.

Eight players, including captain Andy Robertson and midfield pair John McGinn and Billy Gilmour, are one booking away from a ban which will keep them out of the showdown in March in their quest to make the Qatar Finals in a year’s time.


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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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