Scotland recall Scott McKenna, Jack Hendry, Jon McLaughlin & Oli McBurnie for Israel & Portugal games

Scott McKenna in action for Aberdeen
Scott McKenna has made a successful return from injury for Aberdeen
Nations League League C, Group 1: Israel v Scotland
Venue: Sammy Ofer Stadium, Haifa Date: Thursday, 11 October Kick-off: 19:45 BST
Coverage: Listen on BBC Radio Scotland; live text commentary on BBC Sport website

Scotland have recalled defenders Scott McKenna and Jack Hendry, goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin and striker Oli McBurnie for next week's Nations League trip to Israel and a friendly against Portugal.

Aberdeen centre-back McKenna and Swansea striker McBurnie return after missing the matches with Belgium and Albania with injuries.

Sunderland keeper Jon McLaughlin takes over from Millwall's Jordan Archer.

There is no place for Hibernian winger Martin Boyle, a target for Australia.

The 25-year-old is expected to be called up by the Socceroos for a friendly against Kuwait despite interest from Scotland boss Alex McLeish.

Aberdeen-born Boyle, whose father Graeme was born in Sydney, would only be fully committed to Australia once he has played a competitive international.

"Martin has been in great form over the last year or so but I just felt we are pretty rich in that position," said McLeish, who confirmed Boyle would have been included in the summer tour squad but for injury.

"I don't want to mess people about and bring them along as a cheerleader, or because they've been in great form.

"What will be, will be. If it is meant for Martin to play for Scotland, then it could happen. Watch this space. He has got to keep playing at that level. Australia may snatch him, but at the moment I have got some really good players in that position."

Scotland, who beat Albania 2-0 in their opening Nations League match, travel to face Israel next Thursday, 11 October, in Haifa before hosting Portugal in a friendly three days later.

Fulham midfielder Tom Cairney, who had to pull out of the previous squad through injury, is missing again, although McLeish insists there is "nothing sinister" in his absence amid speculation England may try to persuade him to switch allegiance.

"Fulham said he wasn't going to be available," McLeish said. "He only played for 20 minutes [in Fulham's 3-0 defeat at Everton] and has obviously missed a few weeks.

"Whenever we have had Tom in the squad, he has integrated with the group brilliantly and we would expect him to prolong his Scotland career."

Hendry 'has stood up to the test'

McLeish said McBurnie "was in good scoring form" before his recent injury and was encouraged by his performance in Swansea's 3-0 Championship win over Queens Park Rangers on Saturday.

"He didn't score, but he made a couple of goals and was very lively," he said. "It would be great to see Oli get off the mark in a Scotland jersey."

McLeish also praised Hendry, 23, who earned plaudits for his first two Scotland caps against Hungary and Mexico but has endured a difficult time with Celtic of late.

"He is still a young guy, he has come into a huge club at Celtic and it has been a rollercoaster at times," he added.

"You have to take one or two knocks to become a top footballer. He has played very well for us and hopefully he is over the wee spell where he has taken some criticism.

"It's a part of the game where you have to be strong enough mentally and he has stood up to the test."

As well as Archer, Rangers midfielder Ryan Jack and Cardiff City's versatile Callum Paterson drop out of the squad.

Scotland squad

Goalkeepers: Craig Gordon (Celtic), Allan McGregor (Rangers), Jon McLaughlin (Sunderland).

Defenders: Jack Hendry (Celtic), Scott McKenna (Aberdeen), Charlie Mulgrew (Blackburn Rovers), Stephen O'Donnell (Kilmarnock), Andy Robertson (Liverpool), Graeme Shinnie (Aberdeen), John Souttar (Heart of Midlothian), Kieran Tierney (Celtic).

Midfielders: Stuart Armstrong (Southampton), James Forrest (Celtic), Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth), Kevin McDonald (Fulham), John McGinn (Aston Villa), Callum McGregor (Celtic), Scott McTominay (Manchester United), Robert Snodgrass (West Ham United).

Forwards: Leigh Griffiths (Celtic), Oliver McBurnie (Swansea), Steven Naismith (Heart of Midlothian), Johnny Russell (Sporting Kansas City).

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