SAINTS midfielder Stuart Armstrong has been Scotland’s squad for their upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers against Cyprus and Kazakhstan.

Armstrong started for Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side during their narrow 2-1 defeat to Manchester City on Saturday.

It was his first Premier League start of the season, with the former Celtic player normally being deployed from the bench.

The only other game he played from the beginning in came at Fratton Pak in the Carabao Cup tie with fierce rivals Pompey.

In the last round of international fixtures, Armstrong got himself on the scoresheet for Scotland.

He managed to bag a goal during the national side’s thumping 6-0 win against San Marino.

Elsewhere, Kieran Tierney will still be absent for Scotland in their final two European Championship qualifiers.

The Arsenal left-back has made a phased return from pelvic and groin problems in recent weeks and will sit out the games against Cyprus and Kazakhstan.

Leeds defender Liam Cooper, Rangers midfielder Ryan Jack and forwards Oli McBurnie and Steven Naismith are included after missing the previous two matches through injury.

Scotland manager Steve Clarke revealed Arsenal had made it clear Tierney was unavailable for selection.

Clarke said: “Kieran has got an ongoing issue that Arsenal are keen to address in the next international break and Arsenal asked us not to select him.

“It’s a little bit frustrating. It’s obviously frustrating for Kieran as well, but we’ve got good cover in that position.”

Centre-backs Charlie Mulgrew and Stuart Findlay drop out with hamstring injuries while Robert Snodgrass retired from international duty after playing against Russia last month.

Sporting Kansas City attacker Johnny Russell, whose domestic season is finished, also drops out.

Clarke said: “He hasn’t done any training. He picked up a little injury at the end of the season and he hasn’t been working. So he’s not available for selection.”