Scotland boss Steve Clarke is looking forward to working with Southampton star Che Adams and Hibs’ Kevin Nisbet after the pair were handed maiden national team calls.

Before Euro 2020 this summer, Scotland’s first major tournament since 1998, World Cup 2022 qualifying begins. Games against Austria, Israel and Faroe Islands kick-off proceedings later this month.

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Nisbet and Southampton striker Adams will be involved. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Adams has been given a call, having scored three in as many games for Southampton recently. He also rejected Scottish advances under Alex McLeish but has now pledged his allegiances, Nisbet also given his first chance at international level after goalscoring form for Hibs this term.

On the Southampton and Hibs men, Clarke said (Sky Sports): “Che is someone we tried to get before when Alex McLeish was manager I believe, four years ago. He’s matured a bit more now and got his move to the Premier League.

“He has done very well. At the start of last week, I got a tip-off that he was interested in choosing Scotland and thankfully after a couple of conversations, he’s chosen our side. Hopefully he can add goals to the squad.

Steve Clarke is hoping for goals from the Southampton man.

Steve Clarke is hoping for goals from the Southampton man. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

“I would assume that Stuart Armstrong (Adams’ Southampton teammate and Scotland midfielder) would have been telling him good things about the camp because recently they have been good, agent Armstrong! I hope he’s been telling him good things.

“Kevin’s shown this year that he’s a good goalscorer. I like his movement in the box, I like the way he finds space in the box. He had a missed opportunity to go to Birmingham City in the January window, but he’s recovered well from that.

“I’ve spoken to his manager who’s pleased with his attitude in training. I’ve watched his last couple of games and I feel Kevin’s got the bit between his teeth. It’s an area where we don’t particularly excel. If you look at the last few games there’s not too many goals.”

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