Scotland’s Euro 2024: The Young Ones Eyeing a Spot in the Spotlight

As the anticipation builds for Euro 2024, Scotland’s national team is poised for a potential infusion of youthful vigor. The emergence of talented young players could reshape the squad dynamics, with a few names standing out as ones to watch.

The Young Ones

Liverpool’s 18-year-old forward, Ben Doak, is on the radar after signing a new long-term deal with the club. His increased playing time in the Europa League has caught the attention of fans and pundits alike. The second half of the season could be crucial for Doak as he seeks a coveted spot in Scotland’s Euro 2024 squad.

Max Johnston of Sturm Graz is another young talent making waves, having featured in the recent senior squad against France. Despite facing stiff competition in full-back positions, Johnston’s potential and recent experience may earn him consideration for a place on the Euro 2024 roster.

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Manager Steve Clarke, known for his strategic player selections, is exploring options among players with family ties to Scotland. A trio from Newcastle United—Elliot Anderson, Harvey Barnes, and Tino Livramento—could be lured to don the dark blue jersey. Anderson, at 21, is contemplating a significant decision about his international future, while Livramento, also eligible for Portugal, may find Scotland a compelling choice given the competition in England’s right-back positions.

Harvey Barnes, a 25-year-old winger, has been sidelined with a foot injury but remains a potential asset for Scotland in the final third. His inclusion may depend on developments in Ben Doak’s performance and his own recovery.

Return of familiar faces?

The Euro 2024 campaign for Scotland might also see the return of familiar faces. Goalkeeper Craig Gordon, recovering from a double leg break sustained on Christmas Eve 2022, is determined to challenge for a spot in the squad. However, he faces stiff competition from Zander Clark, who has been impressing in Gordon’s absence.

Other experienced players eyeing a comeback include Ryan Fraser, currently on loan at Southampton, and Ross Stewart, who is regaining fitness after a significant injury layoff. David Turnbull’s goal-scoring prowess at Celtic puts him in contention, while John Souttar, with a strong performance at Rangers, could secure a place in the squad.

Oli McBurnie, though a long shot, remains in consideration for a striker position. As Scotland’s Euro 2024 squad takes shape, Steve Clarke faces the delicate task of blending the exuberance of youth with the steadiness of experience, all while making decisions on welcoming back familiar faces for the upcoming campaign.

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