Every Celtic player past or present at Euro 2020
There’s enough going on at Celtic this summer without Euro 2020 to feel like football hasn’t really disappeared. From the drama of appointing a manager to the inevitable squad rebuild, a lot of our focus is going to be on the Bhoys.
Still, the summer tournament will no doubt provide a bit of stress-free football to enjoy. Certainly in comparison to the season that’s just gone.
I don’t know about you, but at these major summer tournaments it’s always a good laugh keeping track of any Celtic connection possible. Aside from the wall planners and the England exits, it’s something to keep us occupied during a full day’s schedule of watching live action.
So, who should we be keeping an eye on this month?
Every Celtic player past and present at Euro 2020
No need to go far very for our first batch of Celtic players. There are 13 players in the Scotland squad with a significant connection to the Hoops, either through emerging from our youth sides or playing in the senior side.
Our current players involved are Callum McGregor, Ryan Christie, Greg Taylor, Jack Hendry, David Turnbull and James Forrest. With 91 caps between them, no doubt there will be a strong Celtic influence in Steve Clarke’s starting eleven.
Elsewhere, former players David Marshall, Craig Gordon, Stuart Armstrong, Kieran Tierney are all influential members of the squad.
The Celtic group is completed by Andy Robertson, Stephen O’Donnell and Declan Gallagher, who were all at the Bhoys as youngsters.
Two former Celtic defender central defenders have been included in Roberto Martinez’s 26-man squad – Dedryck Boyata and Jason Denayer.
Boyata has 22 caps with his country and has played important internationals against England and Russia in the last 12 months. However, it remains to be seen whether he’ll be selected consistently at the Euros as he was in the 2018 World Cup.
Denayer is much more of a firm fixture in their plans and has played in 12 of their last 13 internationals.
There’s also a strong Celtic connection in the coaching staff with Shaun Maloney serving as assistant to Martinez.
Manager Markku Manerva has guided Finland to their first-ever Euros this summer, finishing second in their qualification group behind Italy.
That’s in no small part due to former Celtic forward Teemu Pukki. He scored a magnificent ten goals throughout the qualifiers. Only Harry Kane, Cristiano Ronaldo and Eran Zahavi netted more.
Pukki has become something of a legend in Finnish football, scoring 30 goals in his 90 caps.
His form for Norwich has been excellent too. He’s scored 67 goals in 126 appearances for the Canaries across three seasons in the Championship and Premier League.
The 31-year-old is genuinely one to watch in this year’s tournament.
Now 34, Mikael Lustig is due to take part in what could be his last ever major tournament with his country. The charismatic defender has won 89 caps for Sweden. After a season at AIK in his homeland has done enough to secure a spot in Janne Andersson’s squad.
Lustig still earns regular caps but could find himself on the bench behind Newcastle United defender full-back Emil Krafth.
Special mention also has to go to the son of Henrik Larsson, Jordan, who has been included too. What a magical story that would be if he could find his way to goals.