Scotland boss Steve Clarke has handed three uncapped players a late call-up to his Euro 2020 squad.
The head coach today named his 26-man squad to take on England, Croatia and Czech Republic this summer.
And he has included Chelsea’s teenage midfielder Billy Gilmour as well as Celtic youngster David Turnbull and exciting Rangers right-back Nathan Patterson. All three are yet to be capped at senior level.
However, playmaker Ryan Gauld misses out on Scotland’s first major tournament appearance since the 1998 World Cup and there is disappointment for the likes of Liam Palmer, Leigh Griffiths, Lawrence Shankland and Andy Considine, who have all been involved recently. Ryan Jack, Kenny McLean and Oli McBurnie had already been ruled out through injury.
Scotland open their campaign against Czech Republic at Hampden Park on Monday 14 June 2pm), before taking on England at Wembley on Friday 18 June (8pm). They finish their Group D fixtures on Tuesday 22 June against Croatia, back in Glasgow.
Who is Billy Gilmour?
Chelsea youngster Gilmour is one of the most highly-rated young players to come out of Scotland in recent years.
He came through Rangers’ youth system and his progress saw him fast-tracked towards the first team, making his debut for the under-20 development team in December 2016 at the age of 15 and being invited to train with the first team squad the following month by manager Mark Warburton.
However, he left the Ibrox club to join Chelsea in May 2017 before making a first-team appearance. The fee was believed to be an initial £500,000.
Gilmour was handed his Chelsea debut last season by Frank Lampard before dropping out of the side. However, he has returned to the Blues’ team in recent games. The 19-year-old has a passing range and ability on the ball that is different from other players.
Who is Nathan Patterson?
Nathan Patterson is a 18-year-old right-back who plays for Rangers.
He has made just 16 first-team appearances for the Gers but Steven Gerrard believes he is one of Scotland’s “brightest prospects ever in terms of right-back”.
He deputised for Rangers captain James tavernier but in February 2021, Patterson was one of five Rangers players fined by Scottish police "for attending an illegal gathering of 10 people in a flat" in breach of lockdown rules during the coronavirus pandemic, and received a six-game ban.
Who is David Turnbull?
The 21-year-old midfielder has been one of the bright spots in a disappointing campaign for Celtic.
Turnbull started his career at Motherwell and was nominated for the 2018/19 PFA Scotland Young Player of the Year, and also won the SFWA Young Player of the Year award that season.
In June 2019, Motherwell agreed a club-record £3.25 million fee with Celtic for Turnbull but the move collapsed after a medical found he needed surgery on his left knee.
He eventually joined Celtic in August 2020 on a four-year deal for £3million. This season he has 10 goals and eight assists, earning him the PFA Scotland young player of the year award.