Rangers trio Jamie Murphy, Jason Cummings and Russell Martin have all been named in Alex McLeish’s first Scotland squad – and the trio deserve their recognition for their form at Ibrox.
The Scottish FA confirmed the trio’s inclusion in the squad to play Costa Rica and Hungary on Twitter with Murphy set to win his first cap for his country.
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— Scottish FA (@ScottishFA) March 12, 2018
Since arriving at Ibrox in January, all three have been important players for the Light Blues – to varying degrees – and have helped the Gers kick on and find a consistent run of results.
Although Cummings has struggled to hold down a regular place in the starting XI, the striker has been a big threat going forward with six goals in 11 appearances for the Gers and is likely to be a big part of the Scotland set up for years to come.
Martin could add to his 29 caps after immediately becoming a first-team regular alongside David Bates at the heart of the Gers’ defence although it is Murphy’s call up which is the most deserved.
The 28-year-old has been a fantastic bit of business by the Gers since signing on loan from Brighton and if the Ibrox giants make his deal permanent in the summer will surely prove to be a shrewd acquisition.
Murphy, incredibly, has never won a cap for Scotland and at 28 will be hoping to make up for lost time.
Getting more players in the senior Scotland squad – or any country for that matter – is another step in the right direction by the Gers as they continue their recovery from financial meltdown in 2012.