HIBS HOPE

Sunday Herald - - 19.03.17 SPORT -

Hiber­nian striker Ja­son Cum­mings in­sists he can be the an­swer to Scot­land’s at­tack­ing woes af­ter declar­ing that he is ready to make the step up to the full in­ter­na­tional stage.

Now re­garded as too old for the Un­der-21 team, Cum­mings’ scor­ing ex­ploits have made him one of the hottest properties in Scot­land.

In notch­ing his 20th of the sea­son in last Fri­day’s vic­tory at Dundee United, Cum­mings matched leg­endary Hibs marks­man Joe Baker’s record of 20 or more in three straight cam­paigns.

Gor­don Strachan has deemed that sec­ondtier foot­ball should not im­pede John McGinn’s path to the squad hav­ing in­cluded Cum­mings’ team-mate in his squad.

“I’ve thought about the Scot­land thing and I would say I’m ready for it, said Cum­mings, the Lad­brokes Cham­pi­onship player of the month. “I’ve done my time with the 21s and I got a lot of ex­pe­ri­ence there. I think I’m just ready when­ever.

“The strik­ers are very de­cent, I’m not com­plain­ing or dis­ap­pointed that I’m not in the squad at all be­cause I’m not ex­pect­ing that. But for the fu­ture, I think I’ve def­i­nitely got a chance.”

Mean­while, Canada have named a trio of SPFL stars in their squad to face Scot­land.

Care­taker Mike Find­lay, who will step aside to be re­placed by new boss Oc­tavio Zam­brano fol­low­ing the friendly at Easter Road, has named an 18-man group, with Dundee’s Mar­cus Haber in line to spear­head the at­tack for the Canuck’s.

Falkirk duo Fraser Aird and Luca Gas­parotto have also made the cut.

Squad Thomas (Bodø/Glimt),- Ledger­wood (FC Ed­mon­ton), James (Vasas Budapest), Le­fèvre (Mon­treal Im­pact), Gas­parotto (Falkirk), Pi­ette (Izarra), Hoi­lett fdy (Cardiff City), Traf­ford (San­decja Nowy Sacz), Bus­tos (Van­cou­ver White­caps), Jack­son (Wal­sall), Haber (Dundee), Aird (Falkirk), Fisk (FC Ed­mon­ton), CorbinOng (Frankfurt), Straith (FC Ed­mon­ton), Ar­field (Burn­ley), Tis­sot (DC United), Leutwiler (Shrews­bury Town)

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