Hibs manager Jack Ross says he’s thrilled for Paul Hanlon after the defender’s call-up to the Scotland squad.

Hanlon will link up with Steve Clarke’s side for the Nations League match with Czech Republic on Wednesday night at Hampden. It comes after Liam Cooper dropped out the squad through injury.

Paul Hanlon is in the Scotland squad. (Photo by Callum Landells/Getty Images)

Only once has Hibs’ stalwart defender had the call from his national side at senior level, having previously captained the U19s and U21s. He now joins fellow Easter Road defenders in Ryan Porteous and Paul McGinn for Scotland’s latest match.

The centre-back has been in excellent form for Hibs this season, a major contributor to them currently sitting third in the Scottish Premiership. As of now, he leads the league in interceptions.


Manager Ross couldn’t be prouder of his defender, saying it looks good for Hibs that their entire back three are all away with the Scotland camp on international duty.

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A Hibs leader. (Photo by Callum Landells/Getty Images)

“I’m delighted for Paul,” said Ross. “It’s thoroughly deserved after the strong start to the season he’s had.

“Paul is a manager’s dream to work with. He’s a model professional and a consistent performer.

“I know how much this means to him and it reflects well on the club to have the two Pauls and Ryan involved.

“I’ve no doubt all three will give good accounts of themselves.”

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