Scotland keen on McCarthy

SFA keen to tempt Accies ace away from Republic of Ireland

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Terry Butcher has confirmed Scotland are keen on securing the services of Hamilton's James McCarthy.

The talented teenager has already represented Republic of Ireland at U21 level, for whom he qualifies through his grandfather.

However, the Scottish Football Association have held initial talks with the 17-year-old midfielder about the prospect of him switching allegiance to the country of his birth.

"Scotland are interested in taking on board any quality player and he certainly is a quality player," said Scotland assistant manager Butcher.

"He's had a great season so far and a great career so far, albeit a short one.

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"We are looking at players who are probably more of a senior level, players like Kris Commons and James Morrison, who are established.

"But, if you can get ahead of the game and get players on board at an early stage, I'm all for that.

"Aiden McGeady was one that was missed before but hopefully McCarthy won't be.

"It's down to the player at the end of the day, he has the ultimate choice.

"It's nice when you have a lot of countries chasing you but hopefully he will turn out for Scotland and hopefully that will mean being part of a squad who is playing well, winning matches, and qualifying for tournaments."