Man United & Liverpool stars drop out of Scotland squad

The Scottish FA have this afternoon confirmed that a quartet of the country’s stars have withdrawn from their squad.

Scotland back in action

Steve Clarke’s men are set to get their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign back underway this weekend.

First, Scotland will travel to Cyprus on Saturday afternoon, for their penultimate qualifier.

This will be followed by a clash with Kazakhstan at Hampden Park 3 days later, rounding out the country’s qualification campaign.

The Tartan Army currently sit 4th in the Group I table, behind the already qualified Belgium and Russia, and upcoming opponents Cyprus.

This comes with Scotland having notched just 9 points from their 8 qualifiers thus far.

Clarke’s outfit, though, will still have the opportunity to clinch their spot at next summer’s European Championships via the playoffs, having topped their Nations League group last year.

Robertson among absentees

As such, largely-meaningless upcoming meetings with minnows Cyprus and Kazakhstan were never likely to have had many of Scotland’s stars overly-excited by the prospect of returning to international commitments.

And this has today been evidenced by a number of key contributors pulling out of the country’s squad.

As confirmed a short time ago, all of Liverpool’s Andy Robertson, Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay (who could reportedly face a month on the sidelines with an ankle injury), Bournemouth standout Ryan Fraser and Leeds United stopper Liam Cooper have withdrawn:

Lewis Morgan and Graeme Shinnie have, as a result, been handed call-ups.

The Scottish squad, as things stand, therefore reads as follows:

Goalkeepers: Craig MacGillivray (Portsmouth), David Marshall (Wigan Athletic), Jon McLaughlin (Sunderland)

Defenders: Michael Devlin (Aberdeen), Declan Gallagher (Motherwell), Scott McKenna (Aberdeen), Stephen O’Donnell (Kilmarnock), Liam Palmer (Sheffield Wednesday), Greg Taylor (Celtic)

Midfielders: Stuart Armstrong (Southampton), Ryan Christie (Celtic), John Fleck (Sheffield United), Ryan Jack (Rangers), John McGinn (Aston Villa), Callum McGregor (Celtic), Kenny McLean (Norwich City), Lewis Morgan (Celtic), Graeme Shinnie (Derby County)

Forwards: Oliver Burke (Alaves, on loan from West Bromwich Albion), James Forrest (Celtic), Oliver McBurnie (Sheffield United), Steven Naismith (Heart of Midlothian), Lawrence Shankland (Dundee United)

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