CELTIC defenders Anthony Ralston and Greg Taylor have been axed from the Scotland squad for next month’s double-header against Cyprus and England.

International boss Steve Clarke has overlooked the Hoops full-backs while skipper Callum McGregor is the solitary player from the champions who is included in the 25-man pool for the games in Larnaca and Hampden.

It means Ralston and Taylor will miss out on the crucial Euro 2024 encounter against the Cypriots a week on Friday and the 150th Anniversary Heritage Match against Gareth Southgate’s side at the national stadium the following Tuesday.

SPLASH-HIT…Callum McGregor fires in Scotland’s opener in the 2-0 Euro win over Georgia at Hampden in June.

It’s no surprise McGregor continues to be selected by Clarke after a sequence of high-level displays for his nation, including the 2-0 win over Georgia in June when he claimed the opening goal at rain-lashed Hampden.

The Scots are top of their qualifying group with a 100 per record of four successive triumphs.


Goalkeepers: Angus Gunn, Zander Clark, Liam Kelly;

Defenders: Aaron Hickey, Jack Hendry, Nathan Patterson, Ryan Porteous, Andy Robertson, John Souttar, Kieran Tierney, Scott McKenna;

Midfielders: Callum McGregor, Stuart Armstrong, Billy Gilmour, Lewis Ferguson, Ryan Jack, John McGinn, Kenny McLean, Scott McTominay, Ryan Christie, Elliot Anderson;

Forwards: Lyndon Dykes, Kevin Nisbet, Lawrence Shankland and Che Adams.

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