Date: 17th November 2006 at 6:54pm
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Hibs defender Steven Whittaker will continue to perform to the best of his abilities after lining-up for Scotland B during the week.

The 0-0 draw against Ireland at Dalymount Park wasn’t the most exciting game of football ever played, but it gave 22-year-old Whittaker, and team-mates Scott Brown and Michael Stewart, the chance to rub shoulders with some of the top players in the game.

Walter Smith used the game to look at players who were too old for the under-21s squad and hadn’t made the recent senior squad, ahead of the next round of Euro 2008 qualifiers.

Now Whittaker wants to continue playing well for Hibs so he will be in contention for a spot in Smith’s next senior squad.

Ahead of Hibs’ trip to Motherwell tomorrow (Sat, Nov 18), Stewart said: ‘I need to concentrate on playing my football at Easter Road. I’m sure Walter will be watching and the B games give us an opportunity to impress him even more.

‘You want to play the best you can every week anyway, but, to progress your own career, you want people like that to take notice and try to push on to the full squad. Players from Hibs in the past have played for the full squad so the opportunity is there for us.’

However, Whittaker and Stewart are both doubts for the match at Fir Park after picking-up injuries during the B-international.

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