Scotland assistant Dom Hiam enters before the opening match of Euro 2024

Hyam was called up to the Scotland squad alongside Celtic right-back Anthony Ralston today after Club Brugge’s Jack Hendry had to withdraw due to injury.

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The 27-year-old, who previously appeared for his country’s Under-19 and Under-21 sides, has never been capped at full international level.

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However, Carver stressed the centre-half has every chance of participating in Saturday’s Group 1 game at Hampden if he impresses manager Steve Clarke in training at Lesser Hampden this week.

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“Dhoom is one we’ve been watching lately,” he said. “He’s playing in a confident side that are fifth in the Championship and have just lost in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.

“He’s a player who came through the system. We know everything about him and I think Steve was in the game at the weekend against Sheffield United. When Steve calls someone up, he’s confident in his ability and he believes in him.

“He’s in the group now. He didn’t do much this morning because it was a quick turnaround for him, but he’s eager to get involved.

“He plays left-back, but we know he can play in the middle as well. He has experience and plays with confidence.

“I don’t know much about his personality, but in the short conversations I’ve had with him, he seems like a confident, intelligent guy who knows a little bit about the game. So I’m looking forward to finding that out.”

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Hyam qualified to play for Scotland because he was born at Leuchars in Fife, where he spent the first eighteen months of his life, when his father was in the Royal Air Force.

Asked if he could move straight into Clark’s team in the absence of Hendry, Scott McKenna and John Souttar, Carver said: “How often has that happened lately? I’d go to Ryan Porteous as an example.

“Ryan was always on the sidelines and we dumped him (in the Nations League game against Ukraine in Poland in September). Suddenly everyone was like, ‘Oh, that’s not bad!’ It was the same with Jack Hendry.

“So there is no reason why he can’t go in and acclimatize as the others have. He seems to have the right personality and that helps.”

He added: “Look at how many times Steve has brought in players and used them. I remember when I first came here and Steve kept saying all about the team.

“In my first team, I think we used almost every player as we played three games and he’s not afraid to give a chance.

“You have to trust people. If not, what’s the point of bringing these people in? You have to trust them and Steve does when they come in. And they trust him for that reason.”

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“Obviously we lost a little bit, McKenna and Hendry, but we hope these guys can step up. The good thing is that when they come into this environment they feel comfortable because the other players make them feel like they are part of it right away.

“You don’t think Dominic and Angus (Goalkeeper John) were going in for the first time with this group of guys. You’d think they were on the previous teams. You have to take your hat off to the guys who are there to make them feel comfortable and welcome.”

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Gunn, a Norwich City goalkeeper whose father Brian played six times for Scotland, has been called up to the national team for the first time and hopes to replace Craig Gordon in the starting line-up for matches in Cyprus and Spain.

Facing stiff competition from Xander Clarke of Hearts and Liam Kelly of Motherwell, Carver believes the 6ft 5in 27-year-old has a lot to offer his country.

He said, “He plays in a team with other internationals (Grant Hanley and Kenny McClain) that we know well.”

“I’ve watched him and we’ve watched him a little bit. He’s in a good team, a team that tries to play the way we try, and that’s good.

“He plays with confidence. I saw that this morning when he came in. He’s a confident guy, he believes in himself and we believe in him.”

Carver continued, “Listen, he keeps a good goalkeeper in Tim Krul. I know all about Tim Krul (Carver worked with the duchessmen during his time at Newcastle United).”

“So he’s chipping away at a Dutch international – and a friend of mine – so he must be doing something there. Steve Woodsey (goalkeeping coach Chris) will be talking about goalkeepers.

“But Steve will make the right decision on who will be first choice by the end of the week.”

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