The dust may have settled and defeats to Slovakia and Israel may have given us all a reality check, but nothing can change the fact that Scotland are going to the Euros.
Yes, Scotland are going to the Euros.
Plenty has changed since we last took a look at the squad. A couple have re-emerged from the cold, perhaps with one eye on the summer’s championship, while others have gone off the boil to such an extent that even playing a part in getting Scotland to where they are now is not enough to save their skin.
Here is December’s edition of Scotland’s Euro 2020 squad rankings.
Once a Premier League player with Swansea, Kingsley was drafted in by Hull to replace Andy Robertson of all people, but a succession of serious injuries hamstrung his spell in Yorkshire.
He’s steadily rebuilding his career with Hearts in the Scottish Championship, however, and scored one and assisted another against Celtic in the Scottish Cup final.
With one Scotland cap to his name so far, he’ll fancy another couple in 2021.
Third-choice keeper. Done little to hurt his prospects since the last list but movement elsewhere nudges him down a spot or three.
Were the squad to be picked tomorrow, defensive injuries would have Steve Clarke scratching his head. Scott McKenna and Liam Cooper are unavailable. but luckily enough there are a few gems bubbling just above the surface in Scotland.
21-year-old Porteous looks long overdue for a cap and has played every minute for a strong Hibs team this season.
I guess there should be another striker capable of holding the ball up in the event of a Lyndon Dykes injury. Paterson once again finds himself typecast in that role.
His ludicrous versatility is an added bonus though he will likely have to start scoring goals again if he still wants to be in contention come the summer.
More impressive SPFL youngsters you say? Go on, why not?
With Ryan Jack still recovering from a hamstring issue, it’s Aberdeen starlet Ferguson’s time to shine. He rarely grabs the headlines for the Dons but is one of Scottish football’s most consistent, all-round performers, and will be a staple of the team in the years ahead.
Billy Gilmour may feel hard done by but it’s just a little too soon after his return to the Chelsea fold. Ask again in a month.
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