Euro 2020 Scotland preview: Despite being one of the oldest football teams in the world, Scotland have always stayed in England’s shadows. The fact that they have managed to qualify for the Euro group stages only twice sums up their performance. But with new stars like Andy Robertson, Scott McTominay, Scotland are making their way through.
After a hard-fought Euro 2020 qualifying campaign, finishing third in Group I and then beating Israel in the playoffs, Andy Robertson-led Scotland managed to enter the finals only third time, after a 24-year absence. The other two times, they entered the main tournament was back in 1992 and 1996.
While over the years, Scottish players have increased their presence in the Premier League, they are still a minority in English football. But regular Champions League football through Celtic is a bonus that they would like to take advantage of. Andy Robertson and Scott McTominay have both played European football regularly with the former winning the Champions League title with Liverpool in 2019.
Scotland in Group D of Euro 2020: Scotland are in Group D alongside their arch-rivals England, against who they played the inaugural football match back in 1872. The rivalry will be back in Euro 2020. However, with Croatia and the Czech Republic being the other two teams, it is unlikely that they will be able to cross the group stage. Their best bet will be to finish third with a win and a draw in the group stage to qualify for the knockouts as one of the four best third-placed teams.
Scotland squad for Euro 2020, Players to watch out for:
Andy Robertson, Scott McTominay, John McGinn
Scotland Euro 2020 Schedule:
June 14: vs Czech Republic, 6:30 PM at Hampden Park, Glasgow
June 19: vs England, 12:30 AM at Wembley Stadium, London
June 23: vs Croatia, 12:30 AM at Hampden Park, Glasgow
Scotland squad, Euro 2020:
Goalkeepers: Craig Gordon (Heart of Midlothian), David Marshall (Derby), Jon McLaughlin (Rangers)
Defenders: Liam Cooper (Leeds), Declan Gallagher (Motherwell), Grant Hanley (Norwich), Jack Hendry (Celtic), Scott McKenna (Nottingham Forest), Stephen O’Donnell (Motherwell), Nathan Patterson (Rangers), Andy Robertson (Liverpool), Greg Taylor (Celtic), Kieran Tierney (Arsenal)
Midfielders: Stuart Armstrong (Southampton), Ryan Christie (Celtic), John Fleck (Sheffield United), Billy Gilmour (Chelsea), John McGinn (Aston Villa), Callum McGregor (Celtic), Scott McTominay (Manchester United), David Turnbull (Celtic)
Forwards: Ché Adams (Southampton), Lyndon Dykes (QPR), James Forrest (Celtic), Ryan Fraser (Newcastle United), Kevin Nisbet (Hibernian)
Scotland, Euro 2020 – Predictions
With two strong teams in England and Croatia in Group D, Scotland will be looking at an early exit if they cannot manage to beat the Czech Republic. A win against the Czech and a draw against either of Croatia and England could see them make it to the knockouts for the first time ever. The prediction will be for Scotland to finish 3rd in Group D.