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.
|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 13 September 2018
|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|
|=7||Jordan McGhee||Heart of Midlothian||2013–present||20|
|=10||Stevie Crawford||Raith Rovers||1994–1996||19|
|=10||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 13 September 2018
|=1||Jordan Rhodes||Huddersfield Town||2011–2012||8|
|=3||Jim Hamilton||Dundee, Heart of Midlothian||1995–1997||6|
|=8||Christian Dailly||Dundee United||1990–1996||5|
|=8||Steven Naismith||Kilmarnock, Rangers||2005–2008||5|
|=8||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.
|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|GK||Ross Doohan||29 March 1998||3||0||Ayr United (on loan from Celtic)|
|GK||Ross Munro||1 April 2000||0||0||Ross County|
|GK||Robby McCrorie||18 March 1998||3||0||Rangers|
|DF||David Bates||5 October 1996||2||0||Hamburg|
|DF||Ross McCrorie||18 March 1998||8||0||Rangers|
|DF||Tom McIntyre||6 November 1998||1||0||Reading|
|DF||Ryan Porteous||25 March 1999||6||0||Hibernian|
|DF||Liam Smith||10 April 1996||10||0||Ayr United|
|DF||Greg Taylor||5 November 1997||12||0||Kilmarnock|
|DF||Ryan Williamson||14 March 1996||4||0||Dunfermline Athletic|
|MF||Chris Cadden[b]||19 September 1996||10||1||Motherwell|
|MF||Allan Campbell||4 July 1998||11||0||Motherwell|
|MF||Lewis Ferguson||24 August 1999||2||0||Aberdeen|
|MF||Billy Gilmour||11 June 2001||6||1||Chelsea|
|MF||Michael Johnston||19 April 1999||6||1||Celtic|
|MF||Stevie Mallan||25 March 1996||8||1||Hibernian|
|MF||Lewis Morgan[b]||30 September 1996||4||0||Celtic|
|MF||Elliot Watt||11 March 2000||0||0||Wolverhampton Wanderers|
|FW||Eamonn Brophy||10 March 1996||1||0||Kilmarnock|
|FW||Fraser Hornby||13 September 1999||7||6||Everton|
|FW||Glenn Middleton||1 January 2000||0||0||Rangers|
|FW||Oli Shaw||12 March 1998||1||0||Hibernian|
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||Ryan Fulton||23 May 1996||11||0||Hamilton Academical||Ukraine, October 2018|
|GK||Josh Donaldson||5 May 2000||0||0||Dundee United||Andorra, March 2018|
|GK||Liam Kelly||23 January 1996||2||0||Livingston||Ukraine, 6 September 2016|
|GK||Robbie Mutch||20 August 1998||0||0||Falkirk||Slovakia, November 2016|
|GK||Jack Ruddy||27 December 1997||1||0||Wolverhampton Wanderers||Latvia, November 2017|
|DF||Kyle Cameron||15 January 1997||1||0||Torquay United||Slovakia, November 2016|
|DF||Chris Hamilton||13 June 2001||0||0||Heart of Midlothian||2018 Toulon Tournament|
|DF||Daniel Harvie||14 July 1998||3||0||Ayr United||2018 Toulon Tournament|
|DF||Alex Iacovitti||2 September 1997||3||0||Nottingham Forest||Estonia, March 2017|
|DF||Zak Jules||17 February 1997||3||0||Shrewsbury Town||Estonia, 27 March 2017|
|DF||Jason Kerr||6 February 1997||0||0||St Johnstone||2018 Toulon Tournament|
|DF||Calum MacDonald||18 December 1997||1||0||Derby County||Slovakia, November 2016|
|DF||Jamie McCart||20 June 1997||0||0||Inverness Caledonian Thistle||Estonia, March 2017|
|DF||Jordan McGhee||24 July 1996||20||0||Falkirk||Estonia, March 2017|
|DF||Scott McKenna[b]||12 November 1996||5||0||Aberdeen||Latvia, November 2017|
|DF||Calvin Miller||9 January 1998||0||0||Dundee (on loan from Celtic)||Andorra, March 2018|
|DF||Anthony Ralston||16 November 1998||0||0||Celtic||2018 Toulon Tournament|
|DF||Jake Sheppard||30 May 1997||2||0||Reading||Slovakia, November 2016|
|DF||John Souttar[b]||25 September 1996||10||0||Heart of Midlothian||Andorra, 6 September 2018|
|MF||Theo Archibald||5 March 1998||1||0||Forest Green Rovers (on loan from Brentford)||Latvia, November 2017|
|MF||Cammy Ballantyne||13 April 1997||0||0||Dumbarton||Estonia, March 2017|
|MF||Liam Burt||1 February 1999||2||0||Alloa Athletic (on loan from Rangers)||2018 Toulon Tournament|
|MF||Greg Docherty||10 September 1996||3||0||Shrewsbury Town (on loan from Rangers)||Andorra, March 2018|
|MF||Alan Forrest||9 September 1996||1||0||Ayr United||Slovakia, November 2016|
|MF||Adam Frizzell||22 January 1998||0||0||Queen of the South (on loan from Kilmarnock)||Netherlands, September 2017|
|MF||Liam Henderson||25 April 1996||8||0||Hellas Verona||Estonia, March 2017|
|MF||James Jones||13 February 1996||3||0||Crewe Alexandra||Estonia, March 2017|
|MF||Kyle Magennis||26 August 1998||1||0||St. Mirren||Netherlands, September 2018|
|MF||Aidan Nesbitt||5 February 1997||2||0||Milton Keynes Dons||Slovakia, November 2016|
|MF||Ruben Sammut||26 September 1997||3||0||Falkirk (on loan from Chelsea)||Estonia, March 2017|
|MF||Harvey St Clair||13 October 1998||3||0||Venezia||2018 Toulon Tournament|
|MF||Craig Storie||13 January 1996||2||0||Brechin City||Iceland, 5 October 2016|
|MF||Dom Thomas||14 February 1996||1||0||Kilmarnock||Latvia, November 2017|
|MF||Joe Thomson||14 January 1997||0||0||Dunfermline Athletic||Estonia, March 2017|
|MF||Iain Wilson||15 December 1998||6||0||Kilmarnock||Netherlands, September 2018|
|FW||Oliver Burke[b]||7 April 1997||9||4||West Bromwich Albion||Netherlands, September 2018|
|FW||Harry Cardwell||28 October 1996||1||0||Grimsby Town||Switzerland, 18 November 2014|
|FW||Ryan Hardie||17 March 1997||6||1||Livingston (on loan from Rangers)||Andorra, March 2018|
|FW||Jack Harper||28 February 1996||0||0||Malaga||Estonia, March 2017|
|FW||Oliver McBurnie[b]||4 June 1996||10||2||Swansea City||Latvia, November 2017|
|FW||Paul McMullan||25 February 1996||0||0||Dundee United||Estonia, March 2017|
|FW||Robbie Muirhead||8 March 1996||0||0||Dunfermline Athletic||Andorra, March 2018|
|FW||Jai Quitongo||14 September 1997||1||0||Partick Thistle||Slovakia, November 2016|
|FW||Frank Ross||18 February 1998||0||0||Aberdeen||Netherlands, September 2018|
|FW||Craig Wighton||27 July 1997||2||0||Heart of Midlothian||2018 Toulon Tournament|
|FW||Scott Wright||8 August 1997||5||0||Aberdeen||Andorra, 6 September 2018|
- Under-23 competition.
- Has played matches for the senior side.
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