Kilmarnock manager Alex Dyer says there’s no reason why Eamonn Brophy can’t push for Steve Clarke’s Scotland squad next summer.
The forward has been capped and called into squads of Clarke’s before but has fell out the picture in recent times. Brophy has scored once in the Premiership this term, starting on four occasions.
He returned to scoring on Saturday as Killie beat Dumbarton in their final League Cup game of the season, scoring one of two goals in a 2-0 win. Dyer is backing Brophy to push for more international berths and a potential Euro 2020 spot.
“Brophy could have had a hat-trick and it was a good goal and we know he can finish,” said Dyer. “He just needs a lot more minutes under his belt and he can still do the business.
“We know what he is capable of and I hope that he can kick on and get back into the Scotland squad. He is a good footballer and a good person and that will come if he works hard and he does the right things on and off the pitch.
“He has every incentive to get back to international level.”
This is of course only possible due to the exploits of former Rugby Park boss Clarke, who has guided the country to next summer’s finals with a penalty shootout victory in Serbia. As his former Killie and national team assistant, Dyer is thrilled.
“I was punching the air when Scotland qualified for the Euros,” said Dyer. “It is good for this football club and I was delighted for the gaffer and the nation.”
Focusing on Kilmarnock’s latest victory over the Sons, Dyer was pleased with what his side were able to show against their compact League One visitors.
“It was a good game,” said Dyer. “We needed some boys to get 90 minutes and once Eamonn Brophy scores the goal so early on that makes it easier for us and we could relax and play some positive football.
“They are a good side and they came and challenged us. We had to be professional and we worked hard and did the right things.”