Scotland caretaker boss Malky Mackay has explained his reasons for handing Nottingham Forest’s Jason Cummings his first call-up, saying: “He steps up to the plate in big games.”
The 22-year-old striker, who joined the Reds from Hibernian this summer, has been named in the senior Scotland squad for a friendly against Holland next week.
And Mackay said: “Cummings has been someone who has had a career at Hibs and in big games manages to step up to the plate.
“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.”