As the year comes to an end, we thought we’d make a prediction about the Scotland squad for next season’s European Championships. Of course, one of the highlights of the year was Scotland ending the long wait to reach a national tournament for the first time since 1998.

The penalty shoot-out win over Serbia will live long in the memory, as will the after-match celebrations. The squad Steve Clarke picks will be very interesting. On this occasion we are going to look at three players that are currently not in the squad, but are more than capable of making the squad.

Lewis Ferguson

Ferguson has been so good for Aberdeen this season that it is a bit of a surprise that he hasn’t yet made the breakthrough into the Scotland squad. He has been a regular for the under-21 side, but now it is time for the player to make the step up.

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Aberdeen’s Lewis Ferguson in action (Photo by Ross MacDonald/SNS Group via Getty Images)

The 21-year-old has scored nine goals this season, which is a great return for a central midfielder. Scotland might have a lot of midfielders, but not all of them have the scoring prowess that Ferguson has. That should be enough for him to make the squad for the Euros, and he is more than capable of making an impact on the big stage.

Ross McCrorie

Ferguson’s teammate at Aberdeen has performed excellently for the Dons since joining the club on loan from Rangers. The 22-year-old has been solid in a variety of positions, most notably as a defensive midfielder, but he is also capable of playing at right-back and centre-back.

Ross McCrorie in action for Aberdeen

Ross McCrorie in action for Aberdeen (Photo by Alan Harvey/SNS Group via Getty Images)

That versatility is ideal for the Scotland squad. McCrorie has also shown plenty of determination in twice coming back after being diagnosed with Covid-19. That is the sign of the player’s spirit and battling qualities, and should be rewarded with a place in the Scotland squad.

Kevin Nisbet

Kevin Nisbet is one player that hasn’t looked out of place in the Premiership since making the jump from Dunfermline to Hibernian. He looks made for the higher level, and has scored 12 goals so far for the Easter Road side.

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Hibernian’s Kevin Nisbet in action against Motherwell (Photo by Craig Foy/SNS Group via Getty Images)

With that in mind, we expect him to get into Clarke’s squad should his goalscoring form continue. Clarke has shown in the past he isn’t afraid to select players that haven’t played in the top flight for long or much at all – Lawrence Shankland for example – so he will have no qualms about selecting Nisbet for the squad.

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