Scotland under-21 manager Scot Gemmill has confirmed his squad for next month’s UEFA Under-21 Championship Qualifiers against Belgium and Kazakhstan at Tannadice – with ten of the squad Scottish FA Performance School players.
After opening their campaign with a draw away to Turkey before a narrow defeat in Edinburgh by Denmark, the young Scots are still looking for their first Group I win in their bid to reach the 2023 finals.
The Performance Schools programme continues to show signs of making real progress in player development in Scotland with Brian Kinnear, Archie Mair, Lewis Mayo, Adam Montgomery, Scott Banks, Stephen Kelly, Marc Leonard, Kai Kennedy, Stuart McKinstry and Dapo Mebude all either former or current Performance School players.
Kazakhstan are the first visitors to the City of Discovery, facing Gemmill’s side on Friday November 12 at 7.05pm before Scotland face Belgium four days later on Tuesday November 16.
Tickets are on sale now, with both matches being shown live by BBC Scotland – with the Kazakhstan game only available via the iPlayer.
Archie Mair, Elliot Anderson, Stuart McKinstry and Aaron Pressley have all been added to the squad since the last set of internationals with Ross Sinclair, Calvin Ramsay, Jack Stretton and James Scott dropping out.
While the majority of Gemmill’s squad play their club football in England – the likes of Man City, Newcastle and West Ham represented – there’s also a place in the squad for Bologna star Aaron Hickey as he looks to make his debut for the under-21s after injury forced him out of the squad last time around.
Here is the Scotland under-21 squad for next month’s crunch internationals with Belgium and Kazakhstan:
Brian Kinnear West Ham United
Archie Mair Lincoln City *
Cieran Slicker Manchester City
Harrison Ashby West Ham United
Tom Clayton Liverpool
Josh Doig Hibernian
Aaron Hickey Bologna
Lewis Mayo Partick Thistle **
Adam Montgomery Celtic
Stephen Welsh Celtic
Elliot Anderson Newcastle United
Scott Banks Crystal Palace
Jack Burroughs Ross County ***
Lewis Fiorini Lincoln City ****
Scott High Huddersfield Town
Stephen Kelly Rangers
Marc Leonard Brighton & Hove Albion
Ben Williamson Livingston **
Kai Kennedy Dunfermline Athletic **
Stuart McKinstry Leeds United
Dapo Mebude AFC Wimbledon *****
Glenn Middleton St Johnstone **
Aaron Pressley AFC Wimbledon ******
* On loan from Norwich City
** On loan from Rangers
*** On loan from Coventry City
**** On loan from Manchester City
***** On loan from Watford
****** On loan from Brentford
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