Former Chelsea, Leeds, Bradford and Scotland midfielder David Hopkin thinks that Hearts start CraigHalkett will “probably” get called up to the Scotland squad after moving to a bigger club – but insists the former Rangers youngster deserved it last year.
Halkett rose to prominence under Hopkin at Livingston before moving to Hearts over the summer and is likely to be named in Steve Clarke’s squad to face Belgium and Russia next month.
It was Hopkin who signed the defender for Livi after spotting him in an under-20s game for Rangers, and the former Scotland international isn’t surprised with the defender’s meteoric rise.
“I think he should have got a call-up last year,” said Hopkin, as quoted by the Evening News.
“Sometimes we overlook players, maybe because Craig was playing at Livingston. I think that’s just the way football has been that you have to go to a bigger club.
“Craig felt he had to move on and he got a three-year deal at Hearts. Now you will probably see him getting called up in the near future.
“The impact he has made at Hearts doesn’t surprise me at all. He is a determined boy.”
With John Souttar struggling with injury, one of Halkett’s biggest rivals for a place for both club and country could now be playing catch up for a place.
The two upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers are absolutely vital for Scotland if they want to have any hopes of reaching the finals and it would be the perfect chance for Halkett to make a name for himself on the international scene.