Hibs defender Josh Doig is expecting a hard game tonight when he lines up for Scotland under-21s against Denmark at Tynecastle as Scot Gemmill’s side look to build on the opening game draw with Turkey.

Belgium and Kazakhstan are also in Group I and after sharing the spoils in Bursa, a win in Gorgie would be a big step in the right direction for the under-21s as they look to qualify for the UEFA Under-21 Championship.

Denmark are the top seeds in the group and will be a tough test for Scotland but Doig thinks the new-look side gelled quickly in Turkey and hopes to see that continue tonight when he lines up at Tynecastle.

“I think any international game is always going to be a well-fought contest and Denmark are obviously a very strong side,” he said.

“I feel in the game against Turkey we moved the ball well and could perhaps have taken more away from the game. For that group, it was basically our first time together and we bonded really well as a team. We know it is going to be a hard game and both squads are made up of the best under-21 players in their respective countries.”

Scotland will be without Aaron Hickey and Calvin Ramsay after they withdrew from the squad but Gemmill’s side are in a much healthier position than the last round of qualifiers after Covid restrictions saw 10 of the original squad pull out.

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