Steve Clarke has named a 25 man Scotland squad for matches against Israel, Slovakia and Czech Republic in October, as Hibernian’s Ryan Porteous receives a recall to the senior squad.
Hibernian’s Porteous had been called up to the squad last November but didn’t feature against Cyprus or Kazakhstan and will be hoping to claim his first cap next month as the Tartan Army play Israel in an UEFA Euro Play-Off semi-final at Hampden Park before home Nations League games against Slovakia and Czech Republic across three fixtures in six days from 8-14 October 2020.
Oli McBurnie and Lawrence Shankland return up front after recovering from injuries which kept them out of last month’s squad as Lyndon Dykes, Callum Paterson and Oliver Burke retain their places, with Celtic’s James Forrest dropping out.
Clarke has retained the same defence with addition of Porteous as Liam Cooper and Declan Gallagher find themselves amongst those to retain their places in the squad and likewise for midfield, on top of Ryan Fraser’s addition to the squad after he missed last month’s Nations League games for personal reasons as he completed a move to Newcastle United.
Scotland will play Israel on 8 October in their Euro 2020 qualifying play-off before then hosting Slovakia and Czech Republic on 11 and 14 October respectively across in the UEFA Nations League.
Here is the 25-man Scotland Squad to face Israel, Slovakia and Czech Republic in October 2020;
Goalkeepers: David Marshall (Derby), Jon McLaughlin (Rangers), Robby McCrorie (Livingston)
Defence: Declan Gallagher (Motherwell), Scott McKenna (Nottingham Forest), Liam Cooper (Leeds), Stephen O’Donnell (Motherwell), Liam Palmer (Sheffield Wednesday), Andrew Robertson (Liverpool), Greg Taylor (Celtic), Kieran Tierney (Arsenal), Ryan Porteous (Hibernian)
Midfield: John McGinn (Aston Villa), Stuart Armstrong (Southampton), Ryan Christie (Celtic), Scott McTominay (Manchester United), John Fleck (Sheffield United), Ryan Jack (Rangers), Callum McGregor (Celtic), Kenny McLean (Norwich City), Ryan Fraser (Newcastle United)
Forwards: Oli McBurnie (Sheffield United), Oliver Burke (West Bromwich Albion), Lyndon Dykes (QPR), Callum Paterson (Cardiff City), Lawrence Shankland (Dundee United)