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Scotland Euro 2024 Squad Odds: Clarke announces extended 28-man squad


Scotland boss Steve Clarke has announced a preliminary 28-man squad for this summer’s Euro 2024 tournament, which takes place in Germany.

Scotland’s first game at Euro 2024 is against Germany on June 14, but first, they will play Gibraltar on June 3 before Finland on June 7 in warm-up friendlies.

UEFA have mandated a deadline of June 7 for teams to name their final squads, meaning Clarke will have to whittle his squad down to 26 in the coming weeks.

Scotland have never won a European Championship, only making it to three previous tournaments before this year and never progressing past the group stage.

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Euro 2024 Odds: Favourites & Scotland Odds

All odds courtesy of BetVictor, correct as of Wednesday 22 May, 11 am

  • England - 3/1
  • France - 4/1
  • Germany - 11/2
  • Portugal - 8/1
  • Spain - 8/1
  • Italy - 14/1
  • Netherlands - 16/1
  • Scotland - 100/1
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Scotland announce preliminary 28-man Euro 2024 squad

Goalkeepers

  • Zander Clark (Heart of Midlothian)
  • Craig Gordon (Heart of Midlothian)
  • Angus Gunn (Norwich City)
  • Liam Kelly (Motherwell)

Norwich goalkeeper Angus Gunn is expected to be Clarke’s no.1 in Germany after beating Hearts’ Zander Clark and Motherwell’s Liam Kelly to the gloves at the start of the qualification campaign.

However, with four goalkeepers selected at present, one of Gunn, Kelly or an ageing Craig Gordon will likely need to be axed before the UEFA deadline on June 7. Gordon is now 41 years old and though he spent many years as no.1, he lost his place following a broken leg in 2022 and is unlikely to get it back due to his age.

Defenders

  • Liam Cooper (Leeds United)
  • Grant Hanley (Norwich City)
  • Jack Hendry (Al-Ettifaq)
  • Scott McKenna (Nottingham Forest)
  • Ross McCrorie (Bristol City)
  • Ryan Porteous (Watford)
  • Anthony Ralston (Celtic)
  • Andy Robertson (Liverpool)
  • John Souttar (Rangers)
  • Greg Taylor (Celtic)
  • Kieran Tierney (Arsenal)

Aaron Hickey is set to miss out on Euro 2024 with a hamstring injury, having not played for Brentford since last October. Hickey’s likely back up, Nathan Patterson, is also out after suffering a hamstring injury of his own in last Everton’s defeat to Chelsea last month.

In the duo’s place, Anthony Ralston has been called up after featuring in recent squads. While right-back is a problem area heading into Germany, left-back remains one of Scotland’s strongest positions. Andy Robertson is in line to hold down that spot with Kieran Tierney - often used as a left-sided centre-back in a back-five - a very capable back-up. The rest of Scotland’s backline is expected to look very similar with Jack Hendry, Scott McKenna and Liam Cooper all named in the provisional squad.

Midfielders

  • Stuart Armstrong (Southampton)
  • Ryan Christie (Bournemouth)
  • Billy Gilmour (Brighton)
  • John McGinn (Aston Villa)
  • Kenny McLean (Norwich City)
  • Scott McTominay (Manchester United)
  • Callum McGregor (Celtic)
  • Ryan Jack (Rangers)

Bologna star Lewis Ferguson will miss out on Euro 2024 after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament. But there is some good news on the injury front as Stuart Armstrong is back in the fold as he steps up his recovery from a hamstring issue that has kept him out of Southampton’s play-off games so far.

Despite some issues, midfield is one of Scotland’s strongest areas heading into the summer with all of Callum McGregor, John McGinn, Scott McTominay and Ryan Christie expected to play key roles in Germany.

Forwards

  • Che Adams (Southampton)
  • Lyndon Dykes (Queens Park Rangers)
  • Lawrence Shankland (Heart of Midlothian)
  • Ben Doak (Liverpool)
  • James Forrest (Celtic)

There were few surprises in Scotland’s forward selection ahead of Euro 2024. Key duo Che Adams and Lydon Dykes both earned call-ups as was to be expected, while Lawrence Shankland secured his place in the team after netting 31 goals for Hearts in all competitions across 2023/24.


Today’s Football Tips

International football does not get back underway until next month. But there is a Europa League clash taking place today, as Atalanta off with Bayer Leverkusen.

The pair are set to battle it out in this season’s Europa League final on Wednesday evening, and we’ve got it covered with our bet builder of the day article, while for those of you looking to place an acca, we have our acca of the day lined up and ready to go.


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