As Scotland head to Vilnius to take on Lithuania, we look at some of the Scottish connections in the Lithuanian squad.
Matulevicius, or ‘Big Davy’ as some have been calling him, was a summer signing for Hibs, joining on a two year contract. The 6ft 3in striker, described by Hibees boss Neil Lennon as both “a target man” and “mobile”, made a goalscoring debut in a 5-0 win over Ayr United in the Betfred Cup.
Having scored five goals in 33 caps for Lithuania, could ‘Big Davy’ come up against Hibs teammates John McGinn and Steven Whittaker on Friday night?
Slivka joined his countryman, Matulevicius at Hibs this summer, joining on a three-year contract from Italian giants Juventus. Despite never making a first team appearance for Juve he has a wealth of first team experience after cutting his teeth in loan spells at Modena, Gorica, Den Bosch and Ascoli.
The midfielder has earned 19 caps for his country to date, including the 1-1 draw with Scotland at Hampden in the reverse fixture last October.
Slivka has made an impressive start to his time in Scotland, including scoring in Hibs 3-2 win against Rangers at Ibrox.
Currently plying his trade in the Polish top flight, Novikovas will be familiar to Scottish fans from his time at Hearts, having made 60 appearances during his time at Tynecastle.
Novikovas will be fondly remembered by Jambos for his fantastic volley against Dundee United in 2012, which he described as the best he had ever scored and as being part of the 2011-12 squad who won the Scottish Cup 5-1 against city rivals Hibs.
The player himself remembers his time in Scotland fondly too, saying: “I learned so much from my time at Hearts. They were my first professional club and it was a big move for me. I loved it and miss it. Scotland will always play a big part in my life.”
The winger started against Scotland at Hampden last year, coming up against former Hearts teammate Callum Paterson.
Another Scottish connection comes through the man in charge of his country, Edgaras Jankauskas – once again through the capital city. Jankauskas spent two spells at Hearts, the first as a player, the second in a coaching position.
Jankauskas arrived in Edinburgh in the summer of 2005 as a Champions League winner, having won the trophy under Jose Mourinho in 2004 with Porto. The 6ft 4in striker would play an important role in his debut season as the Jambos finished second and won the Scottish Cup. He is fondly remembered in Gorgie for his goal in the famous 4-0 win over Hibs in the Scottish Cup Semi-Final.
Having made 56 appearances for his country, scoring 10 goals in the process, Jankauskas’ final appearance for Lithuania would come in 2008.
Following his retirement from playing in 2011, Jankauskas returned to Tynecastle as assistant manager to John McGlynn for the 2012-13 season. He helped coach the team – including compatriot Arvydas Novikovas – to the League Cup Final, ultimately falling short to St Mirren.
He took over as Lithuania manager in 2016 and is in charge of the current World Cup Qualification campaign.