Barrie McKay must be close to joining Jason Cummings in the Scotland squad, says Nottingham Forest boss Mark Warburton


Mark Warburton says Barrie McKay must be close to following Nottingham Forest team-mate Jason Cummings into the Scotland squad.

Cummings has received his maiden call-up for the upcoming friendly against Holland, but McKay was not included despite his good form for the Reds.

However, Forest boss Warburton believes 22-year-old winger McKay should be a contender to add to his only international cap, which came against France in June.

“Barrie can’t be far from another call-up. They’ve both done really well,” he said.

“Barrie has three goals and five or six assists. For a young player that’s fantastic.”

Gary Cahill and Jason Cummings in the Carabao Cup tie at Stamford Bridge

McKay has struck three times in 13 games since joining the Reds from Rangers this summer.

Meanwhile, Warburton feels Cummings’ selection is fully deserved after hitting four goals in 13 appearances since his summer move from Hibernian.

“I’m delighted for him. He’s made a brave move. He’s done well at Hibernian, come down south and worked hard to get his place,” he said.

He’s adapting to the division. It’s fully deserved. He’s a goalscorer, with a great attitude who is liked by the squad and the staff.

“I’ve no doubt he’ll do well. A lot of work lies ahead, but so far, so good.”

Scotland will host the Dutch on November 9 at Pittodrie.

Scotland caretaker boss Malky Mackay has explained his reasons for selecting Cummings.

“Cummings has been someone who has had a career at Hibs and in big games manages to step up to the plate,” he said.

“I think the next stage of his career was moving away from his home club and moving down to England, playing against big, strong players, players who are going to give him different challenges each week, becoming a professional who can handle playing 90 minutes two or three times a week.

“In him I see a young version of Leigh Griffiths.

“I see someone with pace, someone who’s finishing ability is second to none.

“And it’s maybe time for him to start becoming the player who people thought had great potential.”



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