Colin Calderwood says Garry O'Connor is worthy of Scotland cap

Colin Calderwood
Calderwood was pleased to end seven months without a league win at home.

Hibs manager Colin Calderwood believes Garry O'Connor is ready for a return to international football.

The striker scored twice as Hibs defeated St Johnstone 3-2 to record their first home league victory since February.

And Calderwood thinks O'Connor's form means he is ready for a call-up to Craig Levein's Scotland squad.

"I think we're seeing a gradual climb to the level of player we know he can be," he told BBC Radio Scotland.

"The quality of our goals was good tonight.

"If you look at the last few games, we've created more chances and his ratio of goals to chances is incredible - he's probably had more goals than chances!"

O'Connor fired Hibs back in front towards the end of an open and entertaining first half and took his tally for the season to 10 when he netted a disputed second-half penalty.

Ivan Sproule had opened the scoring for Hibs with an emphatic finish in the 17th minute but Liam Craig soon volleyed an equaliser.

Cillian Sheridan pulled a late goal back to ensure a nervy finale but Hibs held on.

"I'm pleased for the supporters firstly, but a very close second comes the players," Calderwood added.

"We looked awkward on occasions but they've crossed the line and got the result.

"Our combination play for the goals and the penalty decision was excellent. They're a team who don't concede many and we've scored three against them.

"In the end we've still conceded two goals, but the back four performed well.

"What we gave the supporters tonight was commitment, and we worked off the ball and that was what got the crowd roused."