Hearts manager Robbie Neilson has admitted he’s had no contact with Scotland boss Steve Clarke over a potential call-up for Jambos star John Souttar as Clarke looks for a replacement for Grant Hanley.

The Norwich defender was ruled out by club boss Daniel Farke earlier in the week with Clarke expected to name a replacement ahead of his squad getting together for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Moldova and Denmark.

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Souttar has been tipped as one of several options for the Scotland boss to choose from but Neilson confirmed he hasn’t heard a peep from Hampden so far despite Souttar’s impressive form.

“Nothing from Steve yet,” Neilson said, “So I’ll just need to wait and see but if John gets called up I’d be delighted for him personally because he’s had a hard time in the last couple of years and in the last three months he’s been outstanding for us.

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“He’s probably been ready for it for years, it’s just with an injury can he stay on the pitch? Will he go there and start? I don’t know but to be involved with it would be great for him.

“I’d prefer him not to be honest, to have an easy time and make sure he’s ready for Motherwell (after international break). If he gets called up, it’s a great honour for him and I’m sure he’ll enjoy it.”

The defender has three caps for Scotland, the last of which came three years ago, with injuries playing a big part in disrupting his international career so far.

Souttar’s form for Hearts this season though has seen his get back to his best and the defender can’t be far away from a return to the international fold.

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