Scots have eyes on Murray

ANTONIO Murray is on the verge of a shock Scotland Under-21 call-up - after just one SPL appearance.Murray made his debut for Hibernian in the 2-0 win at Livingston on Saturday, less than 24 hours after signing from Ipswich for the remainder of the season.

By Derek Davis

ANTONIO Murray is on the verge of a shock Scotland Under-21 call-up - after just one SPL appearance.

Murray made his debut for Hibernian in the 2-0 win at Livingston on Saturday, less than 24 hours after signing from Ipswich for the remainder of the season.

Scotland's recently appointed manager Walter Smith was at Almondvale and has passed Murray's name on to his Under-21 coach Rainer Bonhof.

Although born in Cambridge, Murray qualifies to play for the Tartan Army as dad Jamie was born in Cumnock, Ayrshire.

Murray also qualifies to play for Italy through his mum Emma, who met his dad while he was plying his trade as a professional footballer.

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Murray senior turned out for Cambridge United in almost 240 matches in two spells - sandwiched between a period with Brentford, where he played a further 130 games.

The young Scots travel to Italy for a European Championship qualifier on March 25, but Murray is expected to be called into a training camp before then.

Murray made just one senior appearance for the Blues, when he went on as a late sub in the 4-1 win at Derby on the last day of the 2002/03 season.

He joined Hibs last Friday, after spending four days training at Easter Road following Tony Mowbray's call.

The senior Scottish side, who are ranked 86th in the world, meet Italy in the San Siro on March 26, with Ipswich midfielder Tommy Miller still very much in the management's mind.

Scout Archie Gemmill was at Portman Road on Saturday to see Miller make his 100th Blues' appearance in the 3-2 win over Coventry, which came a week after scoring against Bolton in the FA Cup on his 26th birthday.

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