Euro 2020 cast into further doubt, Scotland team's Celtic stars could miss out

By Euan Davidson

January 14, 2021

The Scotland National Team’s Celtic players, such as Ryan Christie, Callum McGregor and Leigh Griffiths, could face a major tournament disappointment.

According to the Press Association, more uncertainty has plagued the rescheduled tournament. In comments picked u by Wales Online, Julian Knight MP cast doubt on the Euros going ahead as planned, due to Covid-19.

Euro 2020’s unusual format has scheduled matches across 12 European nations. Glasgow’s Hampden Park is one of the tournament’s host stadia, with Bhoys such as Christie and Griffiths set to square off against Croatia on the 14th of June (UEFA).

Knight, the Conservative MP for Solihull, said:

“I am beginning to wonder whether the likes of the summer’s rescheduled Euro tournament will be open to go ahead as planned across 12 countries.”

The chair of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport committee for the UK Government also called footballers “brainless”. This was with regards to players congregating to celebrate a goal. As if footballers don’t come into physical contact in any other situation.

Ryan Christie: Scotland Hero / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Potentially huge disappointment for Scotland team’s Celtic stars

Naturally, Celtic have a number of players implicated here.

Scotland regulars like Celtic midfielders Ryan Christie and Callum McGregor don’t deserve to miss out. Players such as Leigh Griffiths and David Turnbull have made a case for selection. To a lesser extent, Jack Hendry and Scott Bain will also be waiting by the phone.

As my colleague David Walton pointed out, Celtic have had an impact on Scotland’s qualification. The likes of Declan Gallagher, Kieran Tierney, Stuart Armstrong, and Greg Taylor have all played their part in this qualifying campaign after spending time at Celtic’s first team and/or academy.

The Tartan Army had been looking forward to Scotland’s first major tournament since 1998. In typically Scottish fashion, we’ve waited a generation to qualify, and now there are complications.

Obviously, Euro 2020’s rescheduling is far from the worst thing about Covid-19. However, it always looked like an ambitious tournament from an organisational perspective. With a deadly pandemic’s ceaseless damage to account for, it looks even less likely now.