SERIE A-bound Scot Liam Henderson is optimistic that Steve Clarke will come to Italy to watch him as he pursues an internationall call up for Scotland.

The former Celtic and Hibernian midfielder will this season become the first Scot to play in Italian football’s top flight for 33 years, since Graeme Souness starred for Sampdoria, with newly-promoted Verona.

Henderson, 23, has now tasted success with four clubs in three different countries, having won all three domestic trophies in Scotland with the Parkhead outfit and the Easter Road club.

He also secured a league and Cup double in Norway during his spell with Rosenborg and earned promotion in Italy at the end of last season.

Now he says he is desperate to get involved in international football too with Scotland.

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Henderson said: “I would love to play for Scotland because it’s very important to me.

“I hope Steve Clarke will come and watch some games in Verona.

“I’m looking forward to the new season – it’s vital that we start the league well and get some early points on the board.

“On a personal level, it’s a really important season for me.

I want to give everything to the team.

“We have brought in some new midfielders to the club and that means it’s more competition for me, but they are strong players that will help us.

“We have a good group of players at Verona and they are also all good guys off the pitch too.”