Scotland's Euro 2024 squad: The 10 uncapped players who could be wildcard selections in Germany
Scotland coach John Carver said on Monday that there a still a handful of berths up for grabs in the squad for Euro 2024.
While manager Steve Clarke has often gone with the tried and trusted players, staying loyal to the group that sealed qualification, there is often a wildcard selection or someone who emerges from the shadows to stake a claim for being at the European Championships. We run the rule over ten players who have yet to be capped by Scotland but could be on the plane to Germany next June:
Ross Laidlaw (Ross County)
The 31-year-old goalkeeper was namechecked by Carver as someone the Scotland coaching team are keeping an eye on. While Angus Gunn is currently the No 1, veteran goalkeeper Craig Gordon will be pushing hard when he returns to play for Hearts next year after a serious leg break, while Zander Clark and Liam Kelly are also mainstays of the squad. However, Scotland are not blessed with many options after that and Laidlaw has been impressive form for his club this term. The ex-Hibs and Raith stopper is a steady pair of hands and his progress is being monitored by goalkeeping coach Chris Woods.
Tino Livramento (Newcastle)
The 21-year-old full-back joined Newcastle from Southampton for £32million last summer and while he is in the England Under-21 squad and has been capped seven times at that level, his name continues to crop up for Scotland due to his mother being from this country. Born in Croydon, his father comes from Portugal, so he has a few options. Livramento is regarded as a bright prospect and while Scotland are reasonably well-stocked at left and right-wing back, he would no doubt be an asset to the group.
Liam Lindsay (Preston North End)
A regular for a Preston team that is performing well in the English Championship this season, 28-year-old Lindsay has been mentioned before for a Scotland call-up. Able to play in a three or four and comfortable on the left or right side, if he and the Lilywhites are able to maintain their push for a play-off place, then the ex-Partick Thistle man could come into contention should spaces emerge in central defence.
Liam Morrison (Wigan Athletic, on loan from Bayern Munich)
The 20-year-old defender has caught the eye on loan at Wigan Athletic this season from Bayern Munich. A big part of the Scotland Under-21 set-up, playing in the third tier of English football may count against him, but there is no doubting the regard Morrison is held in by those within the Scotland set-up. Progressing well under Sean Maloney, he is one to keep an eye on.
Max Johnston (Sturm Graz)
The former Motherwell full-back was called into the Scotland squad last month as a late replacement for Aaron Hickey and while he wasn't used in the match against France, his confidence will be enhanced for just being in and around the senior group. Made his move to Austria over the summer but will perhaps need to play more regularly for Sturm Graz if he is to jump ahead of the queue in a competitive part of the team.
Ross McCrorie (Bristol City)
Scotland are well-stocked in central midfield – John McGinn, Callum McGregor, Billy Gilmour, Kenny McLean, Scott McTominay, Stuart Armstrong, Ryan Jack and Lewis Ferguson look nailed on to be in Germany – but should there be injuries then former Aberdeen man McCrorie could be in with a shout. Called up in June to replace Anthony Ralston, he is already on the radar. McCrorie’s versatility is a big plus as he can play right-back, centre-half or in midfield. He moved from the Dons to Bristol City last summer but has been sidelined by a bacterial infection and won’t play until next year. A strong second half of the season could catapult him back into Scotland contention, though.
Harvey Barnes (Newcastle)
Barnes has been capped by England in the past, but that was during Covid and international rules would now permit him to switch allegiance to Scotland. One wonders whether the talented forward would be in the squad already was it not for a foot injury. The 25-year-old is due back early next year and is a forward who would definitely enhance Scotland’s armoury. Carver confirmed that Scotland are monitoring his situation.
Ben Doak (Liverpool)
Liverpool’s teenage sensation has been the talk of Scottish football for some time. He is now part of Jurgen Klopp’s first-team squad and the winger started last week’s Europa League tie against Toulouse. A Scotland Under-21 regular, the tricky, pacey wide-man is firmly in Steve Clarke’s thoughts, but the Scotland head coach is biding his time in terms of a call-up. A loan move in January to play more regularly could be the litmus test as to whether Doak can force his way into the squad.
Siriki Dembele (Birmingham City)
Dembele, 27, is not a household name in Scottish football. His brother Karamoko, once of Celtic, is more well-known. The Birmingham left winger seems to have rediscovered his best form after a big-money transfer to Bournemouth did not work out for him. A loan move to Auxerre last year got him back on track and is known for cutting in off the wing on to his right foot. Dembele is also able to represent England and Ivory Coast.
Ryan Hardie (Plymouth)
The former Rangers and Livingston hitman has adapted to life well in the Championship with the Pilgrims, scoring six goals in 14 matches. A clinical finisher, a strong season could allow him to enter the conversation given that Scotland are not blessed with a multitude of out-and-out strikers.