SFA outline their plans for international break as Celtic await potential call-ups

By Euan Davidson

March 8, 2022

Celtic are still likely to send players out for Scotland duty, despite the SFA agreeing to postpone an upcoming play-off against Ukraine.

With the situation that’s developed in Ukraine, the FIFA Organising committee decided to delay the country’s matches. That included a crunch World Cup play-off, scheduled for the 24th of March.

However, the SFA insist that time won’t go to waste, and have confirmed they’ll be scheduling a replacement friendly [SFA]. Celtic stars Greg Taylor, Callum McGregor, James Forrest, Anthony Ralston and the injured David Turnbull have been included in recent squads.

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A statement from the SFA read: “…we are in discussions to organise a replacement fixture on 24 March and will update supporters – especially those who have purchased tickets for the play-off semi-final and Nations League package – as soon as we have more information.

“We can also confirm that, with the play-off semi-final between Wales v Austria going ahead in March, a friendly match away from home to the losing side will take place on 29 March.”

Of course, it’s absolutely the correct course of action given the circumstances. The chance to represent Scotland, though, remains important to a significant number of Celtic first-team players.

Ralston, for example, capped his fantastic career renaissance with a Scotland debut against Denmark [SFA]. Meanwhile, Celtic captain Callum McGregor could get his 35th cap for Scotland during the next international break.

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Celtic await Scotland call-ups ahead after SFA make plans clear

International experience can only be a good thing. Across the squad, there’ll be plenty of Celtic players flying out all over the place when the international break comes.

However, it does feel markedly different this time. The pressures of international football seem trivial considering the circumstances. There’ll surely be a gesture of support for Ukraine from the SFA when these alternative fixtures are arranged.

For the Scottish contingent at Celtic, there are opportunities. Anthony Ralston has shown very solid form, and should be a good shout to represent Scotland again. Greg Taylor, praised by Charlie Nicholas today, should make the squad, despite the world-class competition he has at left-back.

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Callum McGregor seems a cert, too.

James Forrest has come into form at a good time, although it’ll come too soon for David Turnbull.

International football is though, of course, very much secondary to world events.

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