HEARTS goalkeeper Craig Gordon is set to be recalled to the Scotland squad by Steve Clarke for the national side’s upcoming Euro 2020 play-off final against Serbia and Nations League fixtures against Slovakia and Israel. 

The 37-year-old, who completed a move from Celtic Park to Tynecastle during the transfer window, last played international football in a friendly against Portugal in October 2018 where Scotland lost 3-1. 

He will compete with Derby County’s David Marshall, who appears to be Clarke’s preferred option in goal, and Rangers keeper Jon McLaughlin for the No. 1 jersey. Robby McCrorie, the young goalie on loan at Livingston from Ibrox, was included in the previous Scotland squad and is also in contention for a place.

The Scotland manager was in the stands at Hampden on Saturday evening as Hearts and Hibs contested the Betfred Cup semi-final, where the men from Gorgie triumphed 2-1 in a dramatic finale at the national stadium. 

Gordon, in particular, caught the eye and pulled off a terrific close-range stop to deny Kevin Nisbet to keep the scores level in the first half. 

The veteran keeper has started all but one of Hearts’ six competitive games this season and has three clean sheets to his name since joining from Celtic, where he had slipped down the pecking order. 

Scotland’s international triple-header begins a week on Thursday when Clarke and his players will take on Serbia in Belgrade in a one-off play-off final, where the winner will secure their place at next summer’s European Championships. 

The two Nations League games are also away from home, with the national side facing Slovakia away before rounding off the campaign in Israel a few days later. 

Scotland are currently top of Group B2 with 10 points from their opening four games and enjoy a four-point lead over the Czech Republic in second, and victory in either game will mathematically confirm Scotland’s status as group winners.