New Scotland boss Steve Clarke selects Sheffield Wednesday defender Liam Palmer in his maiden squad

Owls defender Liam Palmer has been named in Steve Clarke's first Scotland squad.

By Dom Howson
Tuesday, 28 May, 2019, 12:47

Palmer will be looking to earn his second international cap when the Scots face Cyprus and Belgium in their European Championship 2020 qualifiers next month.

The 27-year-old's last outing for his country came in their humiliating 3-0 away defeat to Kazakhstan back in March. Palmer earned that Scotland call-up on the back of a string fine performances at club level. He played 39 times for the Owls as they finished 12th in the Championship.

Liam Palmer has been included in the latest Scotland squad

His versatility and consistency caught Steve Bruce's eye, prompting the Wednesday chief to offer him a new contract. Owls officials are confident Palmer will extend his Hillsborough stay.

While it is good news for Palmer, there are no places in the Scots squad for his Owls team-mates Barry Bannan or Steven Fletcher.

Clarke has named five uncapped players in his first squad: Livingston keeper Liam Kelly, Aberdeen defender Michael Devlin and Kilmarnock trio Stuart Findlay, Greg Taylor and forward Eamonn Brophy.

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Hull City shot-stopper David Marshall and Fulham's Tom Cairney are recalled. The pair were not involved for Alex McLeish's last two matches in charge, against Kazakhstan and San Marino, but midfielder John Fleck and striker Oli McBurnie, who were in the squad, do not feature this time.

Marc McNulty, Johnny Russell, Oliver Burke will be vying for a place up front along with Brophy, who wins his first call-up along with Taylor.

Scotland host Cyprus on June 8 before facing the world's top-ranked team in Brussels three days later.

Clarke also confirmed his backroom staff would include his former Kilmarnock assistant Alex Dyer, who remains on the staff at Rugby Park.

Former Republic of Ireland international Steven Reid will also join the staff and Celtic goalkeeping coach Stevie Woods will continue in the role he filled under Clarke's predecessor, Alex McLeish.