CALLUM McGREGOR leads the procession of 13 Celtic players on international duty before the Premiership resumes a week on Saturday with a game against Hearts at Tynecastle.

The Hoops skipper and Greg Taylor, who claimed his first goal of the season in the 3-1 win over Kilmarnock at the weekend, will be aiming to seal Scotland’s place in next summer’s Euro 24 Championships in Germany.

Steve Clarke’s men head for Seville on Thursday evening where they know a win or a draw against Spain will get the nation over the line.

The Scots beat their much-vaunted opponents 2-0 at Hampden in March with Manchester United’s Scott McTominay hitting a double.

SIGNS ARE GOOD…Callum McGregor is congratulated by Kieran Tierney and his Scotland team-mates after his goal against Georgia at Hampden in June.

The gateway to the soccer extravaganza next year could also be opened if Norway fail to win any of their remaining four qualifiers.

They face Cyprus on Thursday and are at home to Spain on Sunday. Scotland host the Norwegians at Hampden next month.

McGregor and Taylor could also be involved when the national team play in France in a glamour friendly a week tonight.

Alistair Johnston will face club team-mates Kyogo Furuhashi and Reo Hatate when Canada take on Japan on Friday while South Korean Oh Hyeon-gyu is hoping to get the nod from Jurgen Klinsmann to lead his nation’s attack against Tunisia on Friday and Vietnam four days later.

On-fire defender Liam Scales and comeback winger Mikey Johnston will be involved with the Republic of Ireland squad for their meetings with Greece on Friday and Gibraltar on Monday.

Gustaf Lagerbielke, signed for £3million from Elfsberg in the summer, is in the Sweden pool for the games against Moldova and Belgium.

Cameron Carter-Vickers, who made his first start for the champions on Saturday since August 12 after being sidelined with a muscular injury, is with the USA for their friendlies against Germany and Ghana.

Livewire Luis Palma, scorer against Motherwell and Killie in his last two Premiership outings, is likely to start for Honduras in the double-header against Cuba in the CONCACAF Nations League.

At Under-21 level, Norwegian midfielder Odin Holm hopes to get the green light to face Austria and Italy.

On-loan Benfica playmaker Paulo Bernardo expects to pick up his 20th Portuguese cap against Belarus.

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