Dumbarton FC’s semi-cup final hero Dimitris Froxylias has been called up to the Cyprus squad for their friendly with Montenegro - the night before the Sons's Challenge Cup showdown with Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

The striker will fly back to Glasgow on the night of the international in order to make it to the Scottish final, but the situation will prompt fears amongst fans over his readiness for the big game on March 24.

Froxylias said: “I spoke with him [manager Stevie Aitken], but my gaffer here was laughing because he was like I want you here in the cup final to play.

“But I will try to do my best for both, for the national (team) and for the final because I don’t want to lose the final, I don’t want to lose the national team. Both of them are important for me.

“My gaffer spoke with the national team and I need to go to the national friendly game because I think they need me to play - and for me it’s massive because all the players want to play for the national team.”

Froxylias, who scored a stunning 25-yard free-kick in the Sons' semi-final win over The New Saints to help seal their place in the final, admitted he would be tired for the final, but that he doesn’t expect a full run out in the Cyprus game.

He added: “I am going to be tired, but I need to go and play in the cup final as well. I’m going to come after the game from Cyprus, I’m going to fly at night time.

“I don’t think I am going to play 90 minutes in the friendly game. But it’s hard for me, I can’t play two full games in a row.”

Froxylias got his first call-up to the senior national team in the latter part of last year, but was gutted to miss out after he injured his hamstring in training for Dumbarton.

It is understood that if he plays for Cyprus on March 23, he will be the first Dumbarton player play in a senior international since Harry Chatton in 1932.