Scotland Under-21s call for Danny Handling and Jack Grimmer

Hibernian forward Danny Handling

Hibs' Danny Handling and Fulham's Jack Grimmer have been handed debut call-ups for the Uefa Under-21 Championship qualifier with the Netherlands.

Scotland will play at the Stadion De Goffert, Nijmegen, on 5 September.

Hearts forward Callum Paterson returns to Billy Stark's squad after missing this month's 6-0 thrashing in a friendly with England.

Scotland opened their Group B campaign with a 3-0 home win over Luxembourg in March.

Handling, 19, has been a regular in Pat Fenlon's Hibs side this season, playing in a wide midfield role, although he can also play as a second striker.

Also 19, Grimmer - who made his debut for Aberdeen aged just 16 - has yet to break in to Martin Jol's first team at Craven Cottage.

Stark has made three changes to his squad, with Chelsea forward Islam Feruz rested and Hearts pair Brad McKay and David Smith also dropping out.

The 56-year-old coach will focus on making amends for that defeat at Bramall Lane.

"When you are as old as me and you have been in the game as long, you take a few dunts," said Stark.

"That was a big dunt, no doubt about it, but you learn from experience that it's gone. You can't pretend it didn't happen.

"But the only thing we can do is show people we are going to be positive in everything we do and we are trying to make amends.

"The players will feel they let themselves down because they know they are better than they showed that night."

Stark did not have the chance to lift the players after the game given they went their separate ways but feels most have bounced back.

"You watch them with their clubs after it and I think you could maybe see the effects of it with one or two," he said.

"But I think, in the main, they went back and picked up their club form."

Scotland under-21 squad

Goalkeepers: Jordan Archer (Tottenham Hotspur), Jack Hamilton (Heart of Midlothian), Christopher Kettings (Blackpool)

Defenders: Stuart Findlay (Celtic), Jack Grimmer (Fulham), Ryan Jack (Aberdeen), Kevin McHattie (Heart of Midlothian), Clark Robertson (Aberdeen).

Midfielders: Stuart Armstrong (Dundee United), Stuart Bannigan (Partick Thistle), Fraser Fyvie (Wigan Athletic), Daniel Handling (Hibernian), Jason Holt (Hearts), Lewis Macleod (Rangers).

Forwards: Dylan McGeouch (Celtic), Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth), Stevie May (St Johnstone), Callum Paterson (Heart of Midlothian), Jamie Walker (Heart of Midlothian), Tony Watt (Celtic).

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