Steve Clarke might have a half-and-half Chelsea and Kilmarnock scarf with him – but there won’t be too many surprises in his Euro 2020 squad.

The Scotland manager is taking the nation to its first major tournament since 1998 this summer. He has been linked with the vacant Celtic managerial post in recent times but Clarke has clamped down on speculation, looking to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. But Chelsea and Kilmarnock remain close to his heart on the domestic scene.

19/05/19 LADBROKES PREMIERSHIP.KILMARNOCK v RANGERS.RUGBY PARK - KILMARNOCK .Kilmarnock manager Steve Clarke celebrates at full-time.

Steve Clarke is a well-loved figure at Kilmarnock. (Photo by Rob Casey/SNS Group via Getty Images)

When asked who he supported, the Scotland boss explained: “My team in Scotland are Kilmarnock. I had two great seasons there as manager. Both of my brothers support Kilmarnock too. I played over 400 games for Chelsea and they are my team.”

In terms of Scotland and Euro 2020, Clarke is keen to give those who got the nation there a chance to play on the biggest stage. When World Cup qualifiers begin at the end of this month though, there may be a few surprises.


Clarke said: “I don’t think there will be too many surprises for the Euros. The players who did the hard work and got us qualified deserve first chance. But before we get to the Euros we have three games in March so there might be one or two surprises in that squad.


Calling upon the regulars. (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN/AFP via Getty Images)

“I need to pick a bigger squad because we have three games in a week, a very short period of time, and maybe one or two in that squad might force themselves into my plans for the summer.”

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