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DELIGHT FOR TURNBULL, DESPAIR FOR GRIFF

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DAVID TURNBULL is one of six Celtic players included in Steve Clarke’s 26-man Scotland squad for next month’s Euro Finals.

The impressive midfielder, who arrived in a £2.5million switch from Motherwell in the summer, makes the international step up for the first time after representing the Under-21s on four occasions.

Hoops team-mates Ryan Christie, Callum McGregor, James Forrest and Greg Taylor have also been named as the Scots prepare to take part in a major finals for the first since the World Cup in France in 1998.

 

Centre-back Jack Hendry, who has played all season on loan at Belgian outfit KV Oostende, is in the squad that will play friendlies against Luxembourg and Holland as warm-up encounters before the real thing when Clarke’s side play in Group D and take on the Czech Republic at Hampden on June 14, England at Wembley four days later and Croatia in Glasgow on the twenty-second.

Clarke has rewarded Forrest for his efforts since his late comeback at the parkhead outfit after being sidelined with ankle and back injuries for a chunk of the season.

However, there is no place for 22-cap striker Leigh Griffiths who has struggled for game time at the fallen champions and managed only seven goals in a dismal campaign.

SCOTLAND SQUAD

GOALKEEPERS: Craig Gordon (Hearts), David Marshall (Derby), Jon McLaughlin (Rangers);

DEFENDERS: Liam Cooper (Leeds), Declan Gallagher (Aberdeen), Grant Hanley (Norwich), Jack Hendry (KV Oostende), Scott McKenna (Nottingham Forrest), Stephen O’Donnell (Motherwell), Nathan Patterson (Rangers), Andy Robertson (Liverpool), Greg Taylor (CELTIC), Kieran Tierney (Arsenal);

MIDFIELDERS: Callum McGregor, Ryan Christie, David Turnbull (all CELTIC), Stuart Armstrong, (Southampton), John Fleck (Sheffield United), Billy Gilmour (Chelsea), John McGinn (Aston Villa), Scott McTominay (Manchester United);

FORWARDS: James Forrest (CELTIC), Ché Adams (Southampton), Lyndon Dykes (Queens Park Rangers), Ryan Fraser (Newcastle) and Kevin Nisbet (Hibs).

 

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