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St Johnstone midfielder David Wotherspoon linked with Canada men’s national team

Another Scot could be set to follow in Scott Arfield’s footsteps.

Hearts v St Johnstone - Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images

St Johnstone midfielder David Wotherspoon could be set to follow in Scott Arfield’s footsteps by switching his international allegiance from Scotland to Canada.

Like Arfield, the right winger was born in Scotland but is eligible to play for Canada through a parent - in this case his mother - according to a report first published in the Courier and then replicated in the Scottish Sun.

The Sun states that Canada Soccer are hoping to have the paperwork done in time to include Wotherspoon in the squad to face Curacao in June, putting him in contention for a place at the Gold Cup.

Wotherspoon has been a first-team regular in the Scottish Premiership since the age of 19, playing 154 games in all competitions over four years with Hibernian before joining St Johnstone in 2013.

He has been equally important in his hometown of Perth, scoring nine league goals last season to help the Saints seal an impressive fourth-place finish.

Wotherspoon might not quite be at Arfield’s level but he possesses enough technical and creative ability to compete for a place in Canada’s starting lineup. The 27-year-old is a corner and free-kick specialist and as durable as they come, playing in at least 35 games every season since he first made the breakthrough with Hibs.

A midfield of Wotherspoon on the right, Junior Hoilett on the left and Arfield, Jonathan Osorio and Atiba Hutchinson in the middle, should the latter return, would not be a bad starting point for new coach Octavio Zambrano.