Sheffield United midfielder John Fleck finally looks set to win his first Scotland cap.
Steve Clarke has called upon the Blades midfielder following a decent spell of games with the Bramall Lane side.
He’s been called up for Scotland on two occasions before, but for fitness and personal reasons, has missed out on a cap on both occasions.
That wait for a debut should end next week.
Fleck has been inspirational for Sheffield United
United have climbed from League One to the Premier League in just three seasons. Fleck has been with the Blades every step of the way throughout that journey.
He’s got progressively better over those years as the 28-year-old has climbed the EFL ladder, but his recent performance against Liverpool must have been enough for Clarke to call upon him.
Fleck may have been on the losing side, but he was one of the star performers throughout the match. He took charge of the game early on, dictating play from the centre with great drive and technique.
Scotland are wealthy in midfield talent though. John McGinn, Scott McTominay, Kenny McLean, Stuart Armstrong, Callum McGregor and Stuart Armstrong have all been deployed in midfield roles in recent matches.
Despite all of this, Fleck’s career has only been going way over the past three seasons, up. Whilst there is healthy competition, surely he has merited more than two call-ups over the past three seasons?
With the Nations League all but certainly the only way Scotland will make next year’s European Championships, Clarke may use the matches against Russia and San Marino to test out his squad.
That should result in a cap for Fleck.