Hibernian boss believes that his club’s new signing has the chance to impress Scotland boss Steve Clarke.
midfielder left MLS championsColumbus Crew
and joined Sottish Premiership sideHibernian
. The 24-year-old was being enquired about by many other clubs but chose to continue his career at Scotland as he tries to play more games for Scotland's national team. The player was called up for the national team by former boss Alex McLeish but
has not yet been persuaded by the player’s qualities. With Scotland heading into their first major tournament after 23 years this summer,
's move to Hibernian shows his desire to be recalled for the national team.
“We’re bringing in a player who is still relatively young, who has been in international squads and achieved international recognition previously.
“We feel Chris is someone who can improve with us and get us where we want to be on a more consistent basis.
“We’re excited about him joining the group. (Getting him that international recognition again) I think was part of the attraction in getting him here.
“He had a lot of alternatives to consider when he decided to come away from the MLS and Colombus. One of the selling points for us was to hopefully propel him back into the plans for the international level having been there previously.
“I think the opportunity to put himself very much back in a lot of people’s thoughts for Scotland was an attraction in coming to Hibs.”
Asked about other potential transfers for Hibernian this month, Ross responded:
“It might be depending on movement the other way. I can’t say for certain but I’d expect some shuffling of the squad between now and the end of the month.”
Ross believes thatLewis Stevenson
is currently enjoying his competition with Josh Doig for the left-back position.
“I think Lewis wanted to know this – it’s not for sentiment.
“It’s for football. He’s still contributing on the pitch and around the training ground on a daily basis.
“His attitude to work remains as diligent as it’s always been and I think he’s enjoying his football at the moment.
“Having that competition to play at left-back against a young player who has come through our youth system and encouraging him is something I think Lewis is enjoying. He’s competing against Josh to play but also mentoring him with his development as well.
“So the decision to offer him a new contract was based on footballing reasons and we’re delighted that he chose to accept it on the back of what has been an incredible week for him in achieving that milestone.”
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