Sheffield Wednesday and Sheffield United players in line for first Scotland caps

The ‘versatility’ of Sheffield Wednesday right-back Liam Palmer has earned him a first call-up to the Scotland squad for the opening Euro 2020 qualifiers against Kazakhstan and San Marino later this month.

Sheffield Wednesday's Liam Palmer has been called up to the Scotland squad (Picture: Steve Ellis)

Palmer, 27, joins Sheffield Wednesday team-mate Barry Bannan in the 27-man squad, while uncapped Sheffield United midfielder John Fleck has kept his place.

Soctland boss Alex McLeish said: “Liam Palmer has been in the system before with the young ones and I’ve got to be honest, in recent times he wasn’t flagged up.

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“All of a sudden we recognised Liam was playing extremely well for Sheffield Wednesday.

“He was a midfielder converted to a full-back so there was a little bit of that to discuss. The fact he was played right-back, left-back and midfield shows he is a player of versatility.”

Hibernian striker Marc McNulty, formerly of Sheffield United, has also claimed his first Scotland call-up.

The forward - who joined Hibs on loan from Reading in January - joins Oli McBurnie, Oliver Burke and Johnny Russell as the forward options amid the absence of the likes of Leigh Griffiths, Steven Fletcher and Steven Naismith.

Jordan Archer, Scott Bain and Jon McLaughlin are the three goalkeepers after Allan McGregor announced his international retirement on Monday.