George Burley has told Barnsley skipper Brian Howard the door is open for him to play for Scotland.
Howard has produced a number of impressive displays for The Tykes this season and hit the headlines last month with a goal that knocked Liverpool out of the FA Cup.
He played for England Under 20s earlier in his career but Burley has confirmed that he would be available to play for Scotland.
Burley is currently considering his options ahead of the international friendly against Croatia later this month and has challenged Howard to keep on performing.
"As far as we're concerned the games Brian played for England's Under 20s were all non-competitive, so I'll continue to keep tabs on him because he's a very talented player," said the Scotland manager.
"We're strong in the midfield department at the moment, so it's up to Brian to show he's worth a place in the squad.
"I knew of him when he was with Southampton and Chelsea as a youngster and things did not work out for him at either of those, but sometimes players develop and blossom later in their careers and that's been the case with Brian."
Burley revealed over the weekend that he was also going to assess whether Sunderland full-back Phil Bardsley wants to play for Scotland.
Bardsley qualifies for Scotland through his father, but has previously expressed a desire to represent England at international level.