Hearts assistant coach Lee McCulloch reckons John Souttar’s chances of making the Scotland squad are ‘realistic’ after completing a comeback from injury.

The 24-year-old centre-back has impressed since recovering from a third Achilles rupture. He has made a handful of appearances for Scotland and Souttar now features in Hearts’ three at the back system, which is similar to the one Scotland manager Steve Clarke uses.

Hearts Press Conference

Hearts’ Souttar is back from injury. (Photo by Alan Harvey / SNS Group via Getty Images)

McCulloch says he has been a ‘leader’ in the Hearts dressing room ahead of their cinch Premiership return and another Scotland call isn’t far away: “He’s top class. He missed the bulk of last season through injury but he’s brilliant to have in the dressing room. He’s a leader and a terrific player.

“For him being so young, there’s a lot of players in the dressing room who look up to him. It’s realistic for him to break back into the Scotland squad with the talent and mindset he has got.

 

“I don’t see that being too far away. The way he conducts himself off the park makes him a proper leader. I dare say he will get through this season without injury.

“But I think he will be taking things one game at a time. He was in a pretty bad place last season but he’s shown great mental strength.”

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