Scotland team v Croatia: 1 Celtic star, big calls from Clarke, fans react

By Euan Davidson

June 22, 2021

Steve Clarke has named his Scotland squad to face Croatia, which includes Celtic man Callum McGregor, per UEFA.com.

Starting XI – Marshall, O’Donnell, Robertson, McTominay, Hanley, Tierney, McGinn, McGregor, Armstrong, Dykes, Adams

Substitutes – Gordon (GK), McLaughlin (GK), Christie, Fleck, Gallagher, Cooper, Turnbull, Nisbet, Fraser, Patterson, Forrest, McKenna

Following Scotland’s 0-0 draw with England, and results going in our favour last night [BBC], all Clarke and co have to do is win. For both teams, winning is the only acceptable result here. It’d be Scotland’s first ever entry to the knock-out round of a major tournament.

It’s crazy to think how many greats have tried to get where this Scotland team could go. From Denis Law to Kenny Dalglish, James McFadden to Paul McStay. So many have tried, but just not quite made it. Scotland could legitimately make history tonight, and be responsible for millions of hours of lost labour the next morning.

An exciting seven days for Celtic fans is about to get underway

McGregor will be tasked with keeping Croatia’s star man, Luka Modric, quiet for this encounter. Interestingly, Scotland are unbeaten against Croatia, and a win like 2013’s 2-0 thriller [Scotland National Team] would do the trick.

Ahead of tonight’s clash, Steve Clarke told UEFA.com:

“Croatia have good attributes, different attributes to England. They are a good team who move the ball well. They have two really top players in midfield in Kovačić and Modrić and we need to deal with that.

“If we get everybody on the pitch that we want to get on the pitch and they all produce 8/10 performances, then you would hope that would be good enough to get the win that we need to get out of the group. When you are playing against the top sides, you need 11 8/10s.”

Scotland v Croatia is live on STV in Scotland, and ITV4 in the UK.

This is the one: Scotland fans react to team v Croatia

Scotland fans have, broadly speaking, reacted well to the team news.

There were calls, however, for David Turnbull to start. Instead, Stuart Armstrong, a former Celtic man, is being tasked with providing creative thrust for Steve Clarke’s side.

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