Sheffield United: Blades starlet set for second Scotland U-21 cap

United midfielder Stefan Scougall.
United midfielder Stefan Scougall.
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Sheffield United midfielder Stefan Scougall will be hoping to win his second cap at Under-21 level when Scotland entertain Holland later this month.

Scougall, who has registered three goals in 20 Blades appearances since swapping Livingston for Bramall Lane in January, was included in the 22-man squad to face the Dutch in a European Championship qualifier on Wednesday, May 28.

The fixture takes place at St Mirren Park, in Paisley, kick-off 7.45pm.

Scougall’s international call-up is fully justified, given the impressive performances the diminutive player has produced on a consistent basis since moving south of the border. His last cap came two years ago.

Scougall tweeted: “Delighted to be called up to the Scotland 21s! Great way to end the season.”

Scotland chief Billy Stark also named Stephen McGinn’s brother, John, who plays for St Mirren, in his squad. However, Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Rhys McCabe missed out on a call-up.

Stark’s youngsters are currently fourth in Euro 2015 qualifying Group 3 and know a win over Holland is vital if they are to keep their slim hopes of progressing to the finals in the Czech Republic next summer alive.

Scotland have played a match more than Holland and trail them by three points, with Slovakia at the top of the section.

Stark wants his young guns to build on the recent successes of the full side and Under-17 team.

“There is work being done at younger levels there which is going to ensure that my job is going to be easier,” said Stark.

“A big part of our job, when you play a Holland or a Spain or a Germany is to convince those players that they can win the game.

“So that is going to be a benefit as well - if we can have reasonable relative success at the younger age groups it will help when they become Under-21 players.

“For me it is all positive and there is an onus on us to try to get a really positive result that adds to the positive story of Scottish football.”