6 Celtic stars make Scotland Euro 2020 squad: who's in and who's out
Steve Clarke has announced that 6 Celtic players will be joining Scotland’s Euro 2020 squad.
Jack Hendry, Greg Taylor, Callum McGregor, Ryan Christie, David Turnbull and James Forrest are all called up. There are no huge shocks, there, although there was clamour for David Turnbull’s inclusion.
Leigh Griffiths, meanwhile, won’t be in the squad.
Turnbull makes it after a fantastic year. The PFA Scotland Young Player of the Year [Celtic FC] was also Celtic’s POTY and Young POTY. That kind of recognition doesn’t go unnoticed, and he makes Scotland’s first major tournament since 1998. The ex-Motherwell man had received the backing of Callum McGregor in recent days.
Around the squad, there are a couple of surprise names. Nathan Patterson of Rangers makes the Euros, as well as Chelsea starlet Billy Gilmour. There are no calls for qualifying mainstay Andrew Considine, while Craig Gordon has made the squad despite playing in the Championship with Hearts.
Scotland’s group contains the Czech Republic, England and Croatia, with three mouth-watering ties facing the Tartan Army for the first time in a generation. Scotland qualified after beating Serbia on penalties in November 2020 [Sky Sports].
Sad news for Leigh Griffiths, but Celtic representation in Euro 2020 squad is massive
You could genuinely argue that current Celtic players constitute a significant portion of this team. Add in players who came through the club’s youth ranks, and it’s an even easier argument. Celtic are developing Scotland players. That’s an excellent thing.
It’s sad for Leigh Griffiths, however. Ultimately the Hampden hero, who nearly beat England single-handedly, will be watching from home. Form and fitness don’t lie; it would’ve been more of a gamble on Steve Clarke’s part to take him than to not.
Celtic target Kevin Nisbet [Sun] will be looking to make his mark after an impressive season with Hibs. He might well be Griffiths’ replacement in the Green and White.
At 67 Hail Hail, we’ll be covering the Euros in-depth, giving you updates on how Scotland get on, as well as the Celtic players who are featuring at the tournament.