From a Leicester City legend to an international manager, there’s a fair amount of former SPFL representation at Euro 2020 this summer.
There’s some you will have heard of, some you will ponder when they arrived on Scottish shores. But rest assured, all of the people listed below have graced the Scottish Premiership at one point in time. Some have won the Premier League with Leicester City and another is at Ferencváros.
Not including the Scotland national team or players who have featured for either of the Old Firm, here are the former SPFL men to look for this summer.
Daniel Bachmann – Austria
Bachmann spent time on loan at Kilmarnock in the 2018/19 season as Killie achieved a third place finish under Scotland manager Steve Clarke. Now he’s number one at Watford, who have just been promoted to the Premier League, alongside his goalkeeper spot with Austria this summer.
Roberto Martinez – Belgium
Martinez might manage the world’s best international side but he was really made in Motherwell. Martinez featured 16 times as a player for the Fir Park side between 2001-2002, leaving for Walsall. Has done alright since leaving Lanarkshire and will be a favourite to lift the Euro 2020 trophy.
Kasper Schmeichel – Denmark
One of two John Hughes recruits on this list, Schmeichel spent time on loan at Falkirk in 2007 from Manchester City. Has since won a Premier League title and FA Cup with Leicester City and will be a leader for Denmark this summer.
Niko Hamalainen – Finland
There are two former Killie players in the Finland camp. First is Hamalainen, who joined Kilmarnock on loan in the 2019/20 season. He impressed at Rugby Park and is now a regular for QPR.
Anssi Jaakkola – Finland
This one is more obscure. Fellow Finn Mixu Paatelainen brought the goalkeeper to Ayrshire in 2011 but left two years later after just 14 appearances. Departed for Ajax Cape Town before returning to the UK with Reading in 2016. Now with Bristol Rovers and heading to Euro 2020 as one of the biggest underdogs.
Adam Bogdan – Hungary
Another goalkeeper? Bogdan signed for Hibs on loan in 2018 and eventually signed a permanent deal 12 months later. Left the UK last summer and is now in his native Hungary with Ferencváros.
Tim Krul – Netherlands
The SPFL sure likes an international goalkeeper. The second Hughes recruit at Falkirk, similar to Schmeichel, Krul spent six months at the Bairns between 2007-08. Was the only former Falkirk player on the park during Scotland’s 2-2 draw with Netherlands.
Danny Ward – Wales
We couldn’t end this list without another goalkeeper. Ward spent six months on loan at Aberdeen from Liverpool and is now deputy to former Falkirk keeper Schmeichel at Leicester City.
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