Scotland Euro 2024 squad review: Andy Robertson to lead the charge at both ends

Despite being in a qualifying group that included three-time winners Spain and a Norway side led by Erling Haaland, Scotland managed to finish second with relative ease and make it to successive Euro editions.

Impressively, Steve Clarke's men only tasted defeat once, going down to eventual winners Spain in Seville. However, they remain an unfancied outfit in Group A, especially in light of their apparent inability to progress from group stages.

Scotland Euro 2024 squad
Scotland are set to participate in their fourth European Championships – Photo by Icon Sport

Scotland – Key stats

Scotland first took part in the 1992 edition and managed an encore four years later when old nemesis England hosted the tournament. They were in the Three Lions' group and gave a good account of themselves despite losing 2-0.

But it would be another 25 years before the Scots would see European action again. Euro 2020 brought more group stage frustrations, but a point against England showed their ability to frustrate better sides if nothing else.

First professional fixture: 1870

Nickname: The Tartan Army

Current FIFA ranking: 39

Highest FIFA ranking: 13

Year of Euro debut: 1992

Best Euro performance: Group stages (1192, 1996, 2020)

Player to watch: John McGinn

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McGinn was a crucial component in the Villa side that tied up a maiden UCL appearance by finishing fourth in 2023/24 – Photo by Icon sport

Full Scotland Euro 2024 squad

Craig Gordon could become the oldest player to play for Scotland at 41 years of age if he features at Euro 2024 and he'll be behind an experienced squad including Premier League stars such as Andy Robertson, John McGinn and Scott McTominay. The Tartan Army have a host of players who can score goals at club level including Che Adams and Lawrence Shankland, but translating that onto the international stage will be a big question.

Goalkeeper

  • Zander Clark (Hearts)
  • Craig Gordon (Hearts)
  • Angus Gunn (Norwich)
  • Liam Kelly (Motherwell)

Defence

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

Midfield

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

Attack

  • Che Adams (Southampton)
  • Ben Doak (Liverpool)
  • Lyndon Dykes (Queens Park Rangers)
  • James Forrest (Celtic)
  • Lawrence Shankland (Hearts)
Scotland's Ben Doak
Ben Doak could be set to earn his first Scotland cap – Photo by Icon Sport

Surprise inclusions in the Scotland Euro 2024 squad

Ben Doak (Liverpool)

Ben Doak is certainly the biggest surprise in Clarke's squad, and he is admittedly one of the more vulnerable names when it comes to cutting the squad to 26. Although he's gained many admirers in the Kop End, Doak has only made 12 first-team appearances during his career.

Doak has impressed whenever handed a chance by Jurgen Klopp this campaign, especially in the Europa League, but he's still yet to get his first goal or assist for the Reds. So he does indeed have a fight on his hands to go to Germany, but making this initial squad is an achievement in itself and will set him in a good place moving forward.

Kieran Tierney (Real Sociedad)

Kieran Tierney is a very important player for Scotland, so it's no surprise he's been selected, however, what is surprising is that he's fit and available. The Scotland international has had a torrid time when it comes to staying out of the treatment room ever since his move to Arsenal.

Tierney attempted to escape his injury-prone label last summer by joining Real Sociedad, but it's followed him, with the full-back missing 21 games this term. Again, he's not exactly guaranteed a place in the final 26, but his experience of being around top professionals at club level will count for something.

Lawrence Shankland after scoring for Scotland
Lawrence Shankland finished as the SPFL's top scorer this season – Photo by Icon Sport

In-form players for Scotland

Lawrence Shankland

It's been a dream season for Lawrence Shankland, with Hearts having registered 39 goal involvements across his 41 appearances and it was becoming increasingly difficult for Clarke to avoid the striker. Earlier this decade, Shankland went three years without appearing for Scotland, but now has five caps in just over a year.

Getting on the scoresheet in a crucial away match against Georgia vindicated the decision to bring him back into the fold. Impressively, Shankland was handed just four minutes off the bench, but managed to make an impact with a last-gasp equaliser.

Lyndon Dykes

Scotland have never lacked a work ethic on the field, but they need an extra degree of ruthlessness to end their long wait for a knockout stage appearance. As such, they'll welcome the presence of two strikers in red-hot form at the end of their respective campaigns.

Dykes netted two goals in his last three appearances for QPR as he helped them avoid relegation, and he'll be itching to get going over in Germany, with a lot of attackers vying for what will likely be a lone starting spot up front.

Scott McTominay Man Utd
Scott McTominay has thrived alongside fellow PL veteran McGinn – (Photo by Mark Cosgrove/News Images/Sipa USA) – Photo by Icon sport

Scotland Predicted Euro 2024 XI

Scotland vs Germany

(3-4-2-1) Gunn, Hendry, Cooper, Tierney, Robertson, McTominay, Gilmour, Ralston, Christie, McGinn, Dykes

Scotland are well stacked with full-backs who are very offensive, so the three-at-the-back formation is well-suited to Clarke's setup. They'll rarely drift from this formation but may change their attacking options depending on their opponents.

Dykes is the best option for this match as he can hold the ball up and perhaps ruffle a few feathers against a tough German defence.

Scotland vs Switzerland

(3-4-2-1) Gunn, Hanley, Cooper, Tierney, Robertson, McTominay, Gilmour, Ralston, Christie, McGinn, Adams

Despite Dykes' abilities, however, there's a strong likelihood Scotland could be stuck to the bottom of Group A by the time they play Switzerland. That's because Germany are comfortable favourites in their opener, while there is little to separate Hungary and Switzerland.

However, as noted in the Group A preview, Switzerland have issues with aging players, so this is a game where Scotland can get on the front foot. In turn, a quicker and nimbler Che Adams could be called to lead the line, despite his recent injury woes for Southampton.

Scotland vs Hungary

(3-4-2-1) Gordon, Hanley, Cooper, Tierney, Robertson, McTominay, Gilmour, Ralston, Armstrong, McGinn, Dykes

This is the game we believe it will all come down to for Scotland, and a win could be all they need to secure a spot in the knockout stages for the first time if they have at least a point from their first two matches.

That's why we can see Clarke opting for a lot of experience such as Gordon – to become the oldest Scot to play for the national side – and also Stuart Armstrong, who netted at the last Euros for the Tartan Army.


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