With the delayed Euro 2020 just around the corner, Scotland manager Steve Clarke has named his 26-man squad for the tournament. The Scots will face the Czech Republic and Croatia at Hampden in Glasgow before making the trip to London to face the ‘Auld Enemy’, England, at Wembley. We’ve taken a closer look at Clarke’s squad who will be aiming to negotiate the group and seal a spot in the knock-out stages.
Who has been included in the Scotland Euro squad?
David Marshall (Derby County)
Marshall was Scotland’s hero in the penalty shoot-out in Belgrade but he’s had a tricky season domestically, finding himself in and out of the Derby side as they endured a torrid relegation battle.
Craig Gordon (Hearts)
Gordon has spent this season in the Scottish Championship with Hearts during which they sealed a return to the top flight and he looks likely to battle it out with Marshall for the number one spot.
Jon McLaughlin (Rangers)
McLaughlin has been an ever-present in the squad under Clarke and once more makes the cut in the Scotland Euro squad following a solid season with Rangers, where he covered for Allan McGregor 14 times, recording 12 clean sheets in the process.
Liam Cooper (Leeds)
The Leeds United captain has thrived under Marcelo Bielsa and will be desperate to get some game time at the Euros to add to his five international caps in the Scotland Euro squad.
Declan Gallagher (Motherwell)
Like club mate Stephen O’Donnell, Gallagher is a player that Clarke has relied on to get Scotland to the Euros and he’ll certainly be aiming to add to his seven caps come June.
Grant Hanley (Norwich City)
Hanley led Norwich back to the Premier League this season and having returned to the Scotland squad for the World Cup qualifiers in March, he’ll be eyeing up a starting slot at the back.
Jack Hendry (Oostende)
Hendry has thrived in Belgium this season following his loan from Celtic – he was named the Pro League’s top performer and he could be set for a breakthrough tournament.
Scott McKenna (Nottingham Forest)
Despite finishing in the bottom half of the Championship, Forest had the sixth-best defensive record in the league, helped in no small part by McKenna after his move from Aberdeen – he’ll be looking to continue that fine run as a member of the Scotland Euro squad.
Stephen O’Donnell (Motherwell)
O’Donnell may not offer the same attacking threat as Robertson and Tierney but he’s a player that Steve Clarke rates highly and the Motherwell man has started in some of Scotland’s biggest clashes in recent months.
Nathan Patterson (Rangers)
Patterson may only have played 16 times for Rangers’ first team but he looks a bright prospect at right-back, a position where Scotland have lacked depth in recent years – he’s a player to keep a close eye on.
Andy Robertson (Liverpool)
Robertson has enjoyed success with Liverpool, landing the Champions League in 2019 and then the Premier League in 2020. He has, on occasion, struggled to hit top form for Scotland but as captain, he brings vital big-game experience.
Greg Taylor (Celtic)
Taylor has been a solid replacement for Kieran Tierney at Celtic but he’s unlikely to feature ahead of his Celtic Park predecessor or Andy Robertson for Scotland.
Kieran Tierney (Arsenal)
Tierney has thankfully recovered from a knee injury to make the Scotland Euro squad and is likely to be deployed at centre-back as Clarke looks to shoe-horn both him and Andy Robertson into the starting line-up.
Stuart Armstrong (Southampton)
Armstrong hasn’t always featured under Clarke but he’s enjoyed a solid season with Southampton and big things will be expected of the former Celtic star.
Ryan Christie (Celtic)
Like his Celtic teammates, Christie has struggled this season but has enjoyed solid form with the national team – expect him to be used in an advanced midfield role or operating just off the main striker.
John Fleck (Sheffield United)
Fleck helped guide Sheffield United to back-to-back promotions but, following United’s relegation from the Premier League after a dismal campaign this season, he’ll be hoping for a brighter time with Scotland as part of their Euro squad.
Billy Gilmour (Chelsea)
There will be high hopes for the Gilmour and, although he has had limited game time under Thomas Tuchel, his passing range and ability has convinced Clarke he deserves a slot in the squad.
John McGinn (Aston Villa)
McGinn is the dynamo in the Scotland midfield and the Aston Villa man will be looking to add to his impressive international scoring tally of 10 goals, at the Euros as a vital member of the squad.
Callum McGregor (Celtic)
McGregor has endured a tough year with Celtic but Steve Clarke will be hoping that he can put those domestic woes behind him as Scotland try to negotiate their way out of the group.
Scott McTominay (Manchester United)
McTominay has featured at the back under Clarke but with Ryan Jack missing through injury, the Manchester United star will be pencilled in for that all-important midfield holding role.
David Turnbull (Celtic)
A shining light in a dark season for Celtic, Turnbull chipped in with 10 goals and eight assists, earning him the PFA Scotland young player of the year award and a first Scotland call-up.
Che Adams (Southampton)
Adams could be the joker up Clarke’s sleeve if Scotland are to get out the group – the Southampton striker burst onto the international scene with a goal and an assist in his first three appearances and a lot of the hopes of the Scotland Euro squad will rest with him finding the net.
Lyndon Dykes (Queens Park Rangers)
The Australian-born striker is a nightmare for opposition defences – he’s always a danger from set-pieces and he finished the season strongly, scoring seven goals in his last ten appearances for QPR.
James Forrest (Celtic)
Forrest missed a huge chunk of the season due to injury but his return to fitness comes at just the right time for Scotland with his pace and trickiness being a huge asset to the side.
Ryan Fraser (Newcastle United)
Fraser hasn’t played a competitive match since March due to a groin issue but Clarke feels it’s a risk worth taking to select the Newcastle man, whose pace and ability at his best offer Scotland a great outlet upfront. Scotland don’t possess such an array of attacking riches in their Euro squad that they can afford to leave out someone as talented as Fraser.
Kevin Nisbet (Hibernian)
Nisbet’s place in the Scotland Euro squad is richly deserved, having scored 18 goals for Hibs this season, seeing them seal 3rd spot in the Scottish Premier League and a place in the Scottish Cup final.
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