McPAKE KEEN TO CATCH LEVEIN'S EYE

  • Last Updated: May 10 2012, 11:35 BST

Hibernian captain James McPake hopes to play his way into Scotland contention after leading the capital club to Clydesdale Bank Premier League survival and a place in the Scottish Cup final.

James McPake: I'm surprised by my form

McPake has been influential since joining on loan from Coventry in January and is set to lead Hibs out against Hearts in the William Hill Scottish Cup final on May 19.

The 27-year-old former Livingston defender could yet be included in Scotland manager Craig Levein's plans for the friendly with the United States in Florida later this month.

McPake said in the Coventry Telegraph: "I'm not surprised by my form because when I have played games I've done well for Coventry and was on the verge of a Scotland call-up, which was a massive thing at the time and showed my form was good.

"But I suppose I am surprised I came back up to Scotland and was made captain and am about to play in an all-Edinburgh Scottish Cup final.

"I would hope to be knocking on the international door again although the manager has got his centre-halves and a settled squad, but you never know.

"I got close before so there's no reason why I can't get close again."

McPake is focused on the cup final with Hearts, but has been linked with a permanent move to Easter Road.

Should he return to Coventry, he will find the Sky Blues in npower League One after they failed to avoid relegation.

"It's not as exciting a prospect as the Championship where there are better players and bigger clubs," McPake said.

"But you just have to look at Southampton, Norwich and the two Sheffield clubs, once you start winning then relegation is quickly forgotten about and the fans are back behind the club. And that's what we have got to hope happens."