Scotland national under-21 football team
|Association||Scottish Football Association|
|Head coach||Scot Gemmill|
|Most caps||Christian Dailly (35)|
|Top scorer||Scott Booth (8)
Jordan Rhodes (8)
| Czechoslovakia 0 – 0 Scotland
12 October 1976
| Scotland 5 – 0 Finland
6 September 1995
| England 6 – 0 Scotland
13 August 2013
|UEFA U-21 Championship|
|Appearances||6 (first in 1980)|
|Best result||Semi-finalists (1982, 1992, 1996)|
The Scotland national under-21 football team, controlled by the Scottish Football Association, is Scotland's national under 21 football team and is considered to be a feeder team for the Scotland national football team.
As a European under-21 team, Scotland compete in the UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship, which is usually held every other year. The team has qualified for the final stages of these Championships on six occasions, although not since 1996. There is no global tournament for under-21 national teams. Performance in the European Championship determines qualification for football at the Summer Olympics, which Scotland is unable to compete in.
Scotland played under-23 international matches, mainly friendlies against England and Wales, from 1955 until 1975. Scotland first entered the UEFA competition for under-23 national teams in 1975–76. Scotland reached the quarter-finals, but were eliminated on a penalty shootout by the Netherlands. An under-21 team then came into existence, replacing the under-23 team, when UEFA reduced the age limit.
Scotland under-21s have reached the last four of the European tournament three times (1982, 1992 and 1996), while appearing in the quarter finals on three other occasions (1980, 1984 and 1988). The team qualified for the 1992 Summer Olympics and 1996 Summer Olympics, but were unable to compete due to Scotland not being independently represented in the International Olympic Committee. Similar to the full national side, however, the under-21 team has not qualified for a finals tournament since the late 1990s. The under-21 team reached the playoff round for the 2004 and 2011 tournaments, but lost to Croatia and Iceland respectively.
|1976||Quarter Final[note 1]||6||5||0||1||13||4|
|1978||Did not qualify||4||2||1||1||5||4|
|1986||Did not qualify||4||1||1||2||1||4|
|1990||Did not qualify||6||1||1||4||7||13|
|1994||Did not qualify||8||2||2||4||8||11|
|1998||Did not qualify||10||2||1||7||10||20|
*Denotes draws include knockout matches decided by a penalty shootout.
- Bronze background color indicates third or fourth-place finish (some competitions did not have a third place playoff match).
Archie Knox left his post as Scotland's National Youth Teams Coach on 30 August 2007 to take up a full-time with Bolton Wanderers as coaching co-ordinator, Maurice Malpas took temporary charge. In January 2008 the SFA appointed a new full-time coach in Billy Stark, who left his job as manager of Second Division side Queen's Park to take the position. Stark resigned from the position in November 2014.
|2005–2006||Maurice Malpas (caretaker)|
|2007–2008||Maurice Malpas (caretaker)|
|2014–2015||Ricky Sbragia (caretaker)|
|2015||Danny Lennon (caretaker)|
- As of 16:59, 27 March 2017 (UTC)
|1||Christian Dailly||Dundee United||1990–1996||35|
|2||Steven Pressley||Rangers, Coventry City, Dundee United||1993–1996||27|
|=4||Craig Easton||Dundee United||1997–2001||22|
|=4||Gary Naysmith||Heart of Midlothian||1996–1999||22|
|=7||Stuart Armstrong||Dundee United||2010–2014||20|
|=7||Jamie McCunnie||Dundee United, Ross County, Dunfermline Athletic||2001–2005||20|
|=9||Stevie Crawford||Raith Rovers||1994–1996||19|
|=9||Jordan McGhee||Heart of Midlothian||2013–present||19|
|=9||Mark Wilson||Dundee United, Celtic||2004–2006||19|
Note: Club(s) represents the permanent clubs during the player's time in the Under-21 team. Those players in bold are still eligible to play for the team at the moment.
- As of 17:01, 27 March 2017 (UTC)
|=1||Jordan Rhodes||Huddersfield Town||2011–2012||8|
|=3||Jim Hamilton||Dundee, Heart of Midlothian||1995–1997||6|
|=7||Christian Dailly||Dundee United||1990–1996||5|
|=7||Steven Naismith||Kilmarnock, Rangers||2005–2008||5|
|=7||Steven Thompson||Dundee United||1997–1999||5|
Note: Club(s) represents the permanent clubs during the player's time in the Under-21s. Those players in bold are still eligible to play for the team at the moment.
The team is for players born in the year 21 years before the starting year of each tournament. As each tournament normally takes two years to complete, players can continue to play for the under-21 team after their 22nd birthday. As long as they are eligible, players can play at any level, making it possible to play for the under-21s, senior side and then return to the under-21 side. It is now also possible to play for one country at youth level and another country at senior level (providing the player is eligible). For instance, Nigel Quashie played for England under-21s and Scotland. Until the late 1980s, teams were allowed to select some over-age players in the under-21 team, similar to the present arrangement in football at the Summer Olympics.
- As of 11:00, 22 November 2017 (UTC)
|#||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|GK||Ross Doohan||29 March 1998||0||0||Greenock Morton (on loan from Celtic)|
|GK||Ryan Fulton||23 May 1996||9||0||Hamilton Academical|
|GK||Robby McCrorie||0||0||Berwick Rangers (on loan from Rangers)|
|GK||Jack Ruddy||27 December 1997||1||0||Oldham Athletic (on loan from Wolverhampton Wanderers)|
|DF||Jason Kerr||6 February 1997||0||0||Queen of the South (on loan from St Johnstone)|
|DF||Ross McCrorie||18 March 1998||5||0||Rangers|
|DF||Scott McKenna||12 November 1996||5||0||Aberdeen|
|DF||Calvin Miller||9 January 1998||0||0||Celtic|
|DF||Liam Smith||10 April 1996||7||0||St Mirren (on loan from Heart of Midlothian)|
|DF||John Souttar||25 September 1996||10||0||Heart of Midlothian|
|DF||Greg Taylor||5 November 1997||0||0||Kilmarnock|
|DF||Ryan Williamson||14 March 1996||4||1||Dunfermline Athletic|
|MF||Theo Archibald||5 March 1998||1||0||Brentford|
|MF||Chris Cadden||19 September 1996||6||1||Motherwell|
|MF||Allan Campbell||4 July 1998||2||0||Motherwell|
|MF||Greg Docherty||10 September 1996||3||0||Hamilton Academical|
|MF||Kyle Magennis||26 August 1998||0||0||St. Mirren|
|MF||Stephen Mallan||25 March 1996||4||1||Barnsley|
|MF||Lewis Morgan||30 September 1996||4||0||St. Mirren|
|MF||Dom Thomas||14 February 1996||1||0||Kilmarnock|
|FW||Ryan Hardie||17 March 1997||6||1||Rangers|
|FW||Oliver McBurnie||4 June 1996||10||2||Swansea City|
|FW||Scott Wright||8 August 1997||2||0||Aberdeen|
The following players have also been called up to the Scotland under-21 squad and remain eligible (current clubs shown).
|Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club||Latest call-up|
|GK||Robbie Mutch||20 August 1998||0||0||Falkirk||Slovakia, November 2016|
|GK||Liam Kelly||23 January 1996||2||0||Rangers||Ukraine, 6 September 2016|
|DF||Anthony Ralston||16 November 1998||0||0||Celtic||Netherlands, September 2017|
|DF||Alex Iacovitti||2 September 1997||3||0||Forest Green Rovers (on loan from Nottingham Forest)||Estonia, March 2017|
|DF||Jamie McCart||20 June 1997||0||0||St Mirren (on loan from Celtic)||Estonia, March 2017|
|DF||Jordan McGhee||24 July 1996||20||0||Falkirk||Estonia, March 2017|
|DF||Kyle Cameron||15 January 1997||1||0||Newcastle United||Slovakia, November 2016|
|DF||Zak Jules||17 February 1997||3||0||Shrewsbury Town||Estonia, 27 March 2017|
|DF||Calum MacDonald||18 December 1997||1||0||Derby County||Slovakia, November 2016|
|DF||Jake Sheppard||30 May 1997||2||0||Reading||Slovakia, November 2016|
|MF||Michael Johnston||19 April 1999||0||0||Celtic||Latvia, October 2017|
|MF||Adam Frizzell||22 January 1998||0||0||Kilmarnock||Netherlands, September 2017|
|MF||Iain Wilson||15 December 1998||0||0||Kilmarnock||Netherlands, September 2017|
|MF||Cammy Ballantyne||13 April 1997||0||0||Dundee United||Estonia, March 2017|
|MF||Liam Henderson||25 April 1996||8||0||Celtic||Estonia, March 2017|
|MF||James Jones||13 February 1996||3||0||Crewe Alexandra||Estonia, March 2017|
|MF||Ruben Sammut||26 September 1997||3||0||Chelsea||Estonia, March 2017|
|MF||Joe Thomson||14 January 1997||0||0||Celtic||Estonia, March 2017|
|MF||Alan Forrest||9 September 1996||1||0||Ayr United||Slovakia, November 2016|
|MF||Aidan Nesbitt||5 February 1997||2||0||Milton Keynes Dons||Slovakia, November 2016|
|MF||Liam Burt||1 February 1999||2||0||Rangers||Iceland, 5 October 2016|
|MF||Craig Storie||13 January 1996||2||0||Aberdeen||Iceland, 5 October 2016|
|FW||Oliver Burke||7 April 1997||0||0||West Bromwich Albion||Latvia, October 2017|
|FW||Jack Harper||28 February 1996||0||0||Malaga CF||Estonia, March 2017|
|FW||Paul McMullan||25 February 1996||0||0||Dundee United||Estonia, March 2017|
|FW||Craig Wighton||27 July 1997||2||0||Dundee||Estonia, March 2017|
|FW||Eamonn Brophy||10 March 1996||1||0||Kilmarnock||Slovakia, November 2016|
|FW||Jai Quitongo||14 September 1997||1||0||Greenock Morton||Slovakia, November 2016|
|FW||Harry Cardwell||28 October 1996||1||0||Grimsby Town||Switzerland, 18 November 2014|
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