In a boost for Hibs, Ryan Porteous has managed to get 90 minutes under his belt with the Scotland U21s.

He featured in a 2-1 win over Croatia. Scott Gemmill’s side were trailing 1-0 with just over 10 minutes to go, before Aberdeen’s Connor McLennan scored two from the bench to secure victory.

A return to Scotland action. (Photo by Juergen Schwarz/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Hibs will just be happy that Porteous is one step closer to a return to domestic action.

Scotland youth match gave Hibs’ Porteous vital minutes

The Hibees youngster has featured in Challenge Cup matches and reserve games as he makes his way back from a long-term injury.

This will have been his biggest test yet. These U21 Euro qualifiers are played at a high intensity, so the match will have put the 20-year-old through his paces.

A test of his fitness. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

It may be enough to show Paul Heckingbottom he is ready for a starting XI spot. Hibs have conceded 14 in their last four games and need to tighten up at the back.

Heckingbottom could opt to change things up and introduce him at Rugby Park against Kilmarnock.

The controversial artificial surface at Rugby Park could be in the back of the Hibees boss’ mind though, as he won’t want to run the risk of another Porteous injury.

The artificial pitch could sway Heckingbottom’s thinking. (Photo by Callum Landells/Getty Images)

Porteous has came through a 90 minute game with no bumps or bruises. His Hibs return must be on the horizon now.

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