STEVE CLARKE has called up Bologna defender Aaron Hickey to his Scotland squad for the international double-header this month.

The 19-year-old former Hearts full-back has made 26 appearances for the Serie A side this season and gets his reward with recognition from his country.

The friendly against Poland a week on Thursday at Hampden will see a £10 donation from each ticket sold going to UNICEF’s humanitarian response in Ukraine, as Scotzine reported earlier today.

Rangers midfielder Ryan Jack returns for the first time since November 2020 after his recovery from injury, while goalkeeper David Marshall ialso gets the nod for the first time since Euro 2020, having earned the No.1 jersey at Queens Park Rangers after joining them this season from Derby County.

Norwich centre-back Grant Hanley also returns after injury, though fellow-defenders Liam Cooper and John Souttar are both crocked and miss out.

The Scots will also travel to play the loser of the World Cup play-off semi-final between Wales and Austria on Tuesday, March 29.

SERIE A’S SCOTS STAR…Aaron Hickey has been playing well for Bologna.



Craig Gordon (Hearts), Liam Kelly (Motherwell), David Marshall (Queens Park Rangers);


Grant Hanley (Norwich City), Jack Hendry (Club Brugge KV), Aaron Hickey (Bologna), Scott McKenna (Nottingham Forrest), Stephen O’Donnell (Motherwell), Nathan Patterson (Everton), Andy Robertson (Liverpool), Kieran Tierney (Liverpool), Greg Taylor (Celtic);


Stuart Armstrong (Southampton), Lewis Ferguson (Aberdeen), Billy Gilmour (Norwich City on loan from Chelsea), Ryan Jack (Rangers), John McGinn (Aston Villa), Callum McGregor (Celtic), Kenny McLean (Norwich City), Scott McTominay (Manchester United);


Che Adams (Southampton), Jacob Brown (Stoke City), Ryan Christie (Bournemouth), Lyndon Dykes (Queens Park Rangers).



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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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