Hibs pair hail inclusion of Leah Eddie in Scotland squad

Defender one of four uncapped players in Stuart McLaren's Scotland squad for Northern Ireland and Wales friendlies

Leah Eddie is one of four uncapped players to be named in the Scotland squad, a day after Hibernian head coach Dean Gibson and teammate Rachael Boyle called for her inclusion.

The defender was named in Stuart McLaren’s squad for the June friendlies with Northern Ireland and Wales.

Charlton’s Eartha Cumings, Rangers’ Brianna Westrup and AC Milan’s Christy Grimshaw also made it for the first time.

“We’ve got a lot of talented players in this dressing room and Leah Eddie has shown this year how well she’s doing,” Boyle told Anyone’s Game.

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Eddie is the only Hibs player to be called up, however Gibson feels Hibs are not far away from getting more international recognition.

He said: “I think there’s a few players that have warranted it. You’re talking Leah Eddie, Amy Muir, Smally [Rachael Boyle], you would never be surprised if Joelle [Murray] got in the squad, Ellis Notley, there’s so many.

“A lot of these players are playing against the players that are in the squad and they’re so competitive. Any one of them who gets in its fully warranted.”

Eddie’s inclusion comes after battling back from a serious injury which kept her out of the game for a year.

Grimshaw has recently signed a new contract with AC Milan after helping the Italian giants qualify for next season’s Champions League, and she is joined in the squad by Fiorentina’s Lana Clelland who has not been capped since the 2019 World Cup.

Rangers defender Westrup was born in the USA, but qualifies through her Scottish mother. Former Spartans goalkeeper Cummings has been capped at youth level for Scotland but is yet to win a cap for the full side.

Scotland play Northern Ireland in Belfast on 10 June, and Wales in Llanelli on 15 June.

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