Scotland Euro 2024 squad

Scotland Euro 2024 squad

Scotland heads into Euro 2024 with a familiar goal: to finally break through and reach the knockout stages of a major men's tournament. This has eluded them for years, including the previous Euros where a valiant draw against England couldn't propel them past the group stage.

However, there's a flicker of optimism this time around. They secured qualification for the finals in Germany with two games to spare, showcasing a strong showing during qualifiers. This, coupled with two upcoming warm-up matches, has fans cautiously hopeful for a Round of 16 berth.

A Grueling Group Awaits

The draw placed Scotland in Group A, handing them a daunting task right off the bat: facing host nation Germany in the opening match on June 14th.  Their group also includes Hungary (ranked 26th) and Switzerland (ranked 19th), making progression far from a walk in the park. Coach Steve Clarke will need to strategize carefully to navigate this challenging group.

Squad Selection: Balancing Experience  and Promise

The provisional squad selection has generated some buzz. The most surprising inclusion is 18-year-old Liverpool forward Ben Doak. Despite a limited track record (one Premier League appearance), his raw talent and blistering pace convinced Clarke to take a chance.

"He's got something special," Clarke remarked.  "We don't have many players with his speed, and with the squad expanding, it felt like the right decision."

Injuries to first-choice right-backs Aaron Hickey and Nathan Patterson opened the door for uncapped defender Ross McCrorie (Bristol City) to earn a call-up.

There's also a familiar face returning: Celtic's James Forrest, who's been absent from the international scene for nearly three years.  Rangers' Ryan Jack, who missed out on Euro 2020, will be aiming to secure a spot in the final squad this time around.

Scotland's core of established stars like Scott McTominay, Andrew Robertson, John McGinn, and Billy Gilmour all find themselves included. Coach Clarke now faces the task of finalizing his 26-man squad, leaving two players with dashed dreams.

GKZander ClarkHearts (SCO)313
GKCraig GordonHearts (SCO)4174
GKAngus GunnNorwich City (ENG)289
GKLiam KellyMotherwell (SCO)281
DEFLiam CooperLeeds United (ENG)3218
DEFGrant HanleyNorwich City (ENG)3248
DEFJack HendryAl Ettifaq (KSA)2930
DEFScott McKennaCopenhagen (DEN)2733
DEFRoss McCrorieBristol City (ENG)260
DEFRyan PorteousWatford (ENG)2510
DEFAnthony RalstonCeltic (SCO)250
DEFAndrew RobertsonLiverpool (ENG)3069
DEFJohn SouttarRangers (SCO)279
DEFGreg TaylorCeltic (SCO)2613
DEFKieran TierneyReal Sociedad (SPA)2643
MIDStuart ArmstrongSouthampton (ENG)3250
MIDRyan ChristieBournemouth (ENG)2947
MIDBilly GilmourBrighton (ENG)2225
MIDRyan JackRangers (SCO)3218
MIDJohn McGinnAston Villa (ENG)2964
MIDCallum McGregorCeltic (SCO)3058
MIDKenny McLeanNorwich City (ENG)3236
MIDScott McTominayMan United (ENG)2749
FORChe AdamasSouthampton (ENG)2729
FORBen DoakLiverpool (ENG)180
FORLyndon DykesQPR (ENG)2836
FORJames ForrestCeltic (SCO)3238
FORLawrence ShanklandHearts (SCO)289
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