Scotland under-21s boss Scot Gemmill has named his squad for the Tynecastle clash with Denmark next month – with Bologna defender Aaron Hickey set to win his first U21 cap after becoming the first Scot to score in Serie A since 1986.

Gemmill’s side welcome the Danes to the capital on October 7 and there is a host of players playing first-team football in his squad with the likes of Stephen Welsh, Calvin Ramsay, Josh Doig, Ben Williamson and Glenn Middleton among those playing regularly in the Premiership.

Scotland under-21

The game was originally due to take place in Denmark but, after a request from the Danish FA, was moved to Tynecastle with the fixtures reversed.

After kicking off their campaign earlier this month, the October 7 clash will be Scotland’s second qualifying match as they bid to reach the U21 European Championships in Romania and Georgia in 2023.

Gemmill’s side drew their first Group I game 1-1 with Turkey in Bursa, with Middleton scoring the visitor’s goal and get the campaign off to a decent start in a group which also features Belgium and Kazakhstan.


Scot Gemmill’s Scotland under-21 squad in full:

Goalkeepers: Brian Kinnear (West Ham United), Ross Sinclair (St Johnstone), Cieran Slicker (Manchester City).

Defenders: Harrison Ashby (West Ham United), Tom Clayton (Liverpool), Josh Doig (Hibernian), Aaron Hickey (Bologna), Lewis Mayo (Partick Thistle), Adam Montgomery (Celtic), Calvin Ramsay (Aberdeen), Stephen Welsh (Celtic).

Midfielders: 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).

Forwards: Kai Kennedy (Dunfermline Athletic), Dapo Mebude (AFC Wimbledon), Glenn Middleton (St Johnstone), James Scott (Hibernian), Jack Stretton (Derby County).

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