STUART ARMSTRONG has played exactly eight minutes of football this year – but has been included in Alex McLeish’s first Scotland squad.

The Celtic midfielder came on for Moussa Dembele in the 86th minute of the 3-2 win at Ibrox yesterday.

Armstrong, who underwent a hernia operation in January, was also involved in the four minutes of stoppage time.

He is one of five Hoops players in the pool for the forthcoming friendlies against Costa Rica and Hungary.

The others are Kieran Tierney, James Forrest, Callum McGrtegor and Ryan Christie, currently on loan at Aberdeen.

The Tartan Army face Costa Rica on March 23 at Hampden Park, before travelling to Budapest to play the Hungarians four days later.

Manchester United midfield man Scott McTominay is one of six new call-ups along with Hearts goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin, Wolves left-back Barry Douglas and Hibs’ ex-Celt Dylan McGeouch.

Full squad:

Goalkeepers: Jordan Archer, Alan McGregor, Jon McLaughlin.

Defenders: Barry Douglas, Grant Hanley, Russell Martin, Scott McKenna, Charlie Mulgrew, Callum Paterson, Andy Robertson, Kieran Tierney.

Midfielders: Stuart Armstrong, Tom Cairney, James Forrest, Ryan Fraser, Kevin McDonald, Dylan McGeouch, John McGinn, Callum McGregor, Kenny McLean, Scott McTominay, Jamie Murphy, Matt Ritchie.

Forwards: Ryan Christie, Jason Cummings, Oliver McBurnie, Matt Phillips.

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