Steve Clarke announces Scotland’s squad for the matches against Spain and Cyprus

The Dark Blues will aim to get their campaign off to a fast start with two home games to kick off their playoffs.

Cyprus will be visiting Hampden Park on Saturday, March 25th, at 2 p.m.

Spain will qualify at the National Stadium on Tuesday, March 28, with kick-off at 7:45pm.

Goalkeeper Angus Gunn was named to the 23-man squad for his first Scotland call-up. He will compete with Liam Kelly and Xander Clarke for a starting spot in goal, while Craig Gordon missed his spot as he continues his recovery from injury.

Scotland are supported by the return of Callum McGregor, who missed the November friendly against Turkey through injury. The midfielder is on his way to winning his 50th cap against Cyprus.

Fullback Aaron Hickey also returned after missing that game, while Nathan Patterson has recovered from an injury to bolster defense.

Lyndon Dykes takes his place in the squad having recently returned to QPR after recovering from illness.

The Cyprus match will mark Scotland’s first competitive test since a difficult 0-0 draw in Ukraine to top their Nations League group in September.

Scotland band

Heart of Midlothian Xander Clarke
Angus Gunn Norwich City
Liam Kelly Motherwell

The Defenders
Liam Cooper Leeds United
Grant Hanley Norwich City
Jack Hendry Club Bruges
Aaron Hickey Brentford
Nathan Patterson Everton
Ryan Porteous Watford
Andy Robertson Liverpool
Kieran Tierney Arsenal

Stuart Armstrong Southampton
Billy Gilmore Brighton
Louis Ferguson Bologna
Ryan Jack Rangers
John McGinn Aston Villa
Callum McGregor Celtic
Kenny MacLean Norwich City
Scott McTominay Manchester United

Che Adams Southampton
Jacob Brown Stoke City
Ryan Christie Bournemouth
Lyndon Dykes Queens Park Rangers

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