First Team

Cal collects Scotland call-up

5th November 2018

Hearts’ breakthrough star Callumn Morrison has been rewarded for his fantastic form with a place in the Scotland under-20s squad.

Scot Gemmill takes charge of the 1998 group, who travel to Pinatar in Spain to take on Turkey in an international friendly over the break.

Under-21 regulars such as Ross McCrorie, Mikey Johnston and Ryan Porteous are included in the squad, which sees the next generation eyed-up by current under-21 manager Gemmill.

The former Nottingham Forest midfielder acknowledged that he looked at Morrison with a view to bringing him into the under-21s set up and confirmed that he plans to include the winger in the next European Championship qualifying campaign.

Gemmill added that last month Morrison was close to being named in the under-21 squad that faced England and Ukraine, with the match against the Auld Enemy held at Tynecastle Park.

It is the first time Morrison has been called up to a Scotland squad since 2017, when he was involved with the under-19s. Two years before that he appeared three times for the under-17s, playing against Italy and Bulgaria and scoring against Macedonia.

It has been a magnificent season for the winger who has made a huge impact on Craig Levein’s side, offering width and flair.

Last season, he shone for Stirling Albion in League 2 before joining Brechin on loan in January. He found goals harder to come by at a team that didn’t record a league win all season.

But, since breaking into the Hearts side this year he has racked up 3 assists and been unlucky not to score himself. The 19-year-old has started 12 games, coming off the bench on five occasions, and recently started his first Edinburgh derby.

He has become a fans’ favourite already, keen to track back as well as constantly troubling full-backs with his direct running and dangerous whipped crosses.