Ryan Porteous

RYAN PORTEOUS EARNS SCOTLAND UNDER-21 CALL

Ryan Porteous has been rewarded for his strong start to the season with another Scotland Under-21 call-up.

Ryan – who is a key cog in a defence that is yet to concede from open play in an unbeaten start to the new season – will join up with Scot Gemmill’s squad for the Group 4 head to head with Lithuania on Tuesday 8 September in Vilnius.

The Scots sit in third spot in their section, with two wins, two draws and one defeat from their five outings so far.

Ryan won a full Scotland call-up back in November for the double-header against Cyprus and Kazakhstan, but his campaign was cut short by injury.

Now back to full fitness, he’s making up for lost time alongside Paul Hanlon in the heart of the Hibees’ defence.

He said: “I feel like I say this all the time but it’s true. It’s always an honour to go away with Scotland, at any age level.

“I enjoy working with Scot and the rest of the staff. We’ve got a good squad and we’ll go there looking to win.

“Like every young Scottish player it’s obviously a big goal of mine to break into the full squad and it was good to get a taste of that last season. I think it just makes you even hungrier to get back there but I know that only comes from doing well week to week for Hibs.

“We’ve had a strong start to the season – as a defence and as a team – and we just need to keep pushing on to see how far we can take it.”