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Can Tartan Army progress from tough-looking group?

Group A preview: Scotland

2024/06/07 13:46
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Steve Clarke's Tartan Army ran Spain close, as Scotland made a blistering start in qualification to help book their Euro 2024 spot. 

A tough-to-beat outfit, the Scots will hope to improve on their showing at Euro 2020 when they propped up Group D despite holding England to a draw at Wembley. 

Equipped with the international goal-scoring machine that is Scott McTominay, Scotland will aim to qualify from an open group. 

To get the lowdown on the Scots ahead of these Euros, we chatted with Gordon Sheach from X account The Tartan Scarf regarding Scotland's form and potential fortunes out in Germany.

Keep an eye out for Playmaker's definitive guide to the Euros, complete with profiles on all 24 nations competing, in the latest issue of 'The Mighty Delta'


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Star man

While McGinn, Robertson and Tierney are all fan favourites, you need look no further than 27-year-old Scott McTominay for the Tartan Army's star man. 

The Manchester United academy graduate has had a somewhat nomadic Scotland career since his debut in 2018, playing in holding midfield and as a right-sided centre-back before finding his best form alongside McGinn as a marauding attacking midfielder. His seven goals in qualifying were only bettered by Lukaku, Ronaldo, Mbappe and Kane.


Scotland's Euro 2024 squad

PositionNameTeam
Goalkeeper
Scotland
Hearts
Goalkeeper
England
Norwich City
Goalkeeper
Scotland
Motherwell
Defender
Denmark
FC Kobenhavn
Defender
Spain
Real Sociedad
Defender
Scotland
Celtic
Defender
England
Liverpool
Defender
Scotland
Celtic
Defender
England
Watford
Defender
Saudi-Arabia
Al-Ettifaq
Defender
England
Norwich City
Defender
England
Leeds United
Midfielder
England
Bristol City
Midfielder
Scotland
Rangers
Midfielder
Scotland
Celtic
Midfielder
England
Manchester United
Midfielder
England
Norwich City
Midfielder
England
Aston Villa
Midfielder
England
Bournemouth
Midfielder
England
Brighton & Hove Albion
Forward
England
Bristol City
Forward
England
Southampton
Forward
Scotland
Hearts
Forward
England
Southampton
Forward
Scotland
Celtic
Forward
USA
NY Red Bulls
[G=Games, M=Minutes, GS=Goals Scored, YC=Yellow cards, 2Y=Double Yellows, RC=Red cards]


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Young gun

Billy Gilmour. When the young man from Adrossan was called up for EURO 2020, he was uncapped and with only a handful of Chelsea minutes under his belt. Three years on and still only 22, he’s a completely different prospect. 

After a difficult loan at Norwich, he’s flourished at Brighton and helped the Seagulls to their best EPL finish in 2022/23. With 25 caps already, the classy midfielder will surely be eyeing the all-time record of 102.


Wildcard

When one door closes, another opens. Late injuries to Lyndon Dykes and Ben Doak leading to them withdrawing from the squad opened the door to 21-year old Bristol City striker Tommy Conway

He is coming off the back of a 10-goal season in the EFL Championship and caught Steve Clarke's eye by scoring on his most recent Under-21 appearance. He's unlikely to start, but will offer drive and threat off the bench.


Opinion

Passionate and united, the Scotland team at Euro 2022 was understandably lacking in experience at major finals.  

Since then, this team has contested a World Cup play-off, secured promotion to Nations League A and reached Euro 2024 with two games to spare after opening its qualifying campaign with five consecutive wins. So, we travel with earned confidence!

Steve Clarke's side is utterly miserable to play against, as evidenced by the post-match complaints of Rodri and Martin Odegaard in qualifying. No Scotland side in our 150-year history has made the knockouts of a major finals. Immortality awaits.


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2024-06-07 14h28m by awalkerson7
What a start! I couldn't believe how close we were to beating Spain. It's great to see the team's passion and determination. I have high hopes for our showing at Euro 2024 and I think McTominay will continue to be a key player for us. Excited to see how far we can go!
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2024-06-07 14h21m by omitchellsonjones
@TartanScarfX Great to see Scotland getting their Euro 2024 spot secured! McTominay is definitely our star man, but let's not forget about the rest of the team. Excited to see how they perform in the group stages.
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2024-06-07 14h12m by nlawson12
McTominay is a top player in Man United and has been a key player for Steve Clarke's side in their Euro 2020 qualification.

As a passionate football fan, I couldn't be more proud of our Tartan Army's performance against Spain. We may have narrowly missed out on a win, but our blistering start in qualification shows our determination to secure a spot in Euro 2024. With players like Scott McTominay leading the charge, I have no doubt we
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