Calls for Billy Gilmour to earn a call-up to the Scotland senior squad have not been heeded after he was selected for their Under 21s on Tuesday morning.
The highly-rated youngster has caught the eye in the past week after shining in midfield for Chelsea.
The 18-year-old has been hailed as ‘incredible’ by Blues boss Frank Lampard but his selection to the full national team remains on hold.
Billy Gilmour has been called up to the Scotland Under-21 squad rather than their senior one
Gilmour, who was man of the match in the FA Cup win over Liverpool and then again in the 4-0 drubbing of Everton in the Premier League, will instead join Scotland’s U21 set-up for their European Championship qualifiers with Croatia and Greece later this month.
Scot Gemmill’s side host Croatia at Tynecastle on March 27 before traveling to Crete to take on Greece on March 31.
Scotland Under 21s sit third in their qualifying group with eight points after five games – three behind leaders Czech Republic U21s.
Gilmour has shone in the past week for Chelsea resulting in calls for a Scotland spot
SCOTLAND’S LATEST UNDER-21 SQUAD FOR MARCH QUALIFIERS
Goalkeepers: Ross Doohan (Ayr United*); Robbie McCrorie (Livingston**); Kieran Wright (Alloa***)
Defenders: Daniel Harvie (Ayr United); George Johnston (Feyenoord); Barry Maguire (Motherwell); Lewis Mayo (Partick Thistle**); Ross McCrorie (Portsmouth**); Patrick Reading (Stevenage); Stephen Welsh (Celtic)
Midfielders: Lewis Ferguson (Aberdeen); Billy Gilmour (Chelsea); Andy Irving (Hearts); Stephen Kelly (Ayr United**); Lewis Moore (Hearts); Lewis Smith (Hamilton)
Forwards: Louis Appere (Dundee United); Jamie Gullan (Hibernian); Fraser Hornby (KV Kortrijk***); Connor McLennan (Abrdeen); Glenn Middleton (Bradford City**)
*On loan from Celtic; **On loan from Rangers; ***On loan from Everton