Ardrossan's Billy Gilmour returns to the Scotland squad for next month’s pivotal FIFA World Cup Qualification matches against Israel and the Faroe Islands.

Fresh from two consecutive wins against Moldova and Austria that have left Scotland sitting in second place – and, importantly, with the vital play-off spot in their own hands – Three Towns' man Steve Clarke’s side now welcome familiar foes Israel to Hampden on October 9 before flying to the Faroe Islands three days later.

The Three Towns lad picked up the Star of the Match award on his competitive debut against England at Wembley in Euro 2020 in June before a positive Covid 19 test ruled him out of the Croatia match.

Gilmour was exceptional once again as Scotland recorded a 1-0 win over second seeds Austria in a Qatar 2022 qualifier in Vienna last month.

The home side now sit in the second spot in the group, four points clear of Austria and one point above next opponents Israel.

The match on October 9 will be a repeat of Scotland’s EURO 2020 play-off semi-final against Israel which was played behind closed doors due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Tickets for the match are sold out.