Scotland national under-21 football team

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Scotland under-21
Shirt badge/Association crest
Association Scottish Football Association
Head coach Scot Gemmill[1]
Most caps Christian Dailly (35)[2]
Top scorer Scott Booth (8)[2]
Jordan Rhodes (8)[2]
First colours
Second colours
First international
Czech Republic Czechoslovakia 0 – 0 Scotland Scotland
12 October 1976
Biggest win
Scotland Scotland 5 – 0 Finland Finland
6 September 1995[3]
Biggest defeat
England England 6 – 0 Scotland 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.

History[edit]

Scotland played under-23 international matches, mainly friendlies against England and Wales, from 1955 until 1975.[4] 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.[5]

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.[6] 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[7] and Iceland[8] respectively.

Results summary[edit]

Year Result GP W D* L GS GA
1976 Quarter Final[note 1] 6 5 0 1 13 4
1978 Did not qualify 4 2 1 1 5 4
1980 Quarter Final 7 3 3 1 14 7
1982 Semi Final 8 3 3 2 9 6
1984 Quarter Final 8 5 2 1 14 10
1986 Did not qualify 4 1 1 2 1 4
1988 Quarter Final 6 3 1 2 7 4
1990 Did not qualify 6 1 1 4 7 13
1992 Semi Final 10 6 2 2 18 10
1994 Did not qualify 8 2 2 4 8 11
1996 Fourth place 12 8 0 4 21 10
1998 Did not qualify 10 2 1 7 10 20
2000 10 4 2 4 18 12
2002 6 2 2 2 6 6
2004 8 5 1 2 11 8
2006 10 1 3 6 6 17
2007 2 0 0 2 1 4
2009 8 5 1 2 17 6
2011 10 5 2 3 18 11
2013 8 3 4 1 16 9
2015 8 3 2 3 12 15
2017 10 2 2 6 8 17

*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).

Head coaches[edit]

Billy Stark, head coach of the team from 2008 to 2014.

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.[9] Stark resigned from the position in November 2014.[10]

Tenure Head Coach/Manager
1975–1986 Andy Roxburgh
1986–1993 Craig Brown
1993–1998 Tommy Craig[11]
1998–2002 Alex Smith[11][12]
2002–2005 Rainer Bonhof[12][13]
2005–2006 Maurice Malpas (caretaker)[14]
2006–2007 Archie Knox[15]
2007–2008 Maurice Malpas (caretaker)[16]
2008–2014 Billy Stark[9][10]
2014–2015 Ricky Sbragia (caretaker)[10]
2015 Danny Lennon (caretaker)[17]
2015–2016 Ricky Sbragia[18]
2016–present Scot Gemmill[1]

Players[edit]

Leading appearances[edit]

As of 16:59, 27 March 2017 (UTC)
Rank Player Club(s) Period U-21 Caps
1 Christian Dailly Dundee United 1990–1996 35
2 Steven Pressley Rangers, Coventry City, Dundee United 1993–1996 27
3 Paul Hanlon Hibernian 2009–2012 23
=4 Craig Easton Dundee United 1997–2001 22
=4 Gary Naysmith Heart of Midlothian 1996–1999 22
6 Shaun Maloney Celtic 2001–2005 21
=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 Ryan Jack Aberdeen 2011–2014 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.

Leading goalscorers[edit]

As of 17:01, 27 March 2017 (UTC)
Rank Player Club(s) Period U-21 Goals
=1 Scott Booth Aberdeen 1990–1993 8
=1 Jordan Rhodes Huddersfield Town 2011–2012 8
=3 Jamie Murphy Motherwell 2008–2010 6
=3 Chris Maguire Aberdeen 2008–2010 6
=3 Jim Hamilton Dundee, Heart of Midlothian 1995–1997 6
=3 Mark Burchill Celtic 1998–2001 6
=7 Gerry Creaney Celtic 1990–1992 5
=7 Christian Dailly Dundee United 1990–1996 5
=7 Steven Fletcher Hibernian 2006–2008 5
=7 Simon Lynch Celtic 2002–2003 5
=7 Shaun Maloney Celtic 2001–2005 5
=7 Steven Naismith Kilmarnock, Rangers 2005–2008 5
=7 Steven Thompson Dundee United 1997–1999 5
=7 Tony Watt Celtic 2012–2013 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.

Eligibility[edit]

The team is for players born in the year 21 years before the starting year of each tournament.[19] As each tournament normally takes two years to complete, players can continue to play for the under-21 team after their 22nd birthday.[19] 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.[19] It is now also possible to play for one country at youth level and another country at senior level (providing the player is eligible).[5] For instance, Nigel Quashie played for England under-21s and Scotland.[5] Until the late 1980s, teams were allowed to select some over-age players in the under-21 team,[20][21][22] similar to the present arrangement in football at the Summer Olympics.[23]

Current squad[edit]

The following players were selected to play Ukraine and Latvia in November 2017.[24]

As of 11:00, 22 November 2017 (UTC)
0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Ross Doohan (1998-03-29) 29 March 1998 (age 19) 0 0 Scotland Greenock Morton (on loan from Celtic)
1GK Ryan Fulton (1996-05-23) 23 May 1996 (age 21) 9 0 Scotland Hamilton Academical
1GK Robby McCrorie 0 0 Scotland Berwick Rangers (on loan from Rangers)
1GK Jack Ruddy (1997-12-27) 27 December 1997 (age 19) 1 0 England Oldham Athletic (on loan from Wolverhampton Wanderers)

2DF Jason Kerr (1997-02-06) 6 February 1997 (age 20) 0 0 Scotland Queen of the South (on loan from St Johnstone)
2DF Ross McCrorie (1998-03-18) 18 March 1998 (age 19) 5 0 Scotland Rangers
2DF Scott McKenna (1996-11-12) 12 November 1996 (age 21) 5 0 Scotland Aberdeen
2DF Calvin Miller (1998-01-09) 9 January 1998 (age 19) 0 0 Scotland Celtic
2DF Liam Smith (1996-04-10) 10 April 1996 (age 21) 7 0 Scotland St Mirren (on loan from Heart of Midlothian)
2DF John Souttar (1996-09-25) 25 September 1996 (age 21) 10 0 Scotland Heart of Midlothian
2DF Greg Taylor (1997-11-05) 5 November 1997 (age 20) 0 0 Scotland Kilmarnock
2DF Ryan Williamson (1996-03-14) 14 March 1996 (age 21) 4 1 Scotland Dunfermline Athletic

3MF Theo Archibald (1998-03-05) 5 March 1998 (age 19) 1 0 England Brentford
3MF Chris Cadden (1996-09-19) 19 September 1996 (age 21) 6 1 Scotland Motherwell
3MF Allan Campbell (1998-07-04) 4 July 1998 (age 19) 2 0 Scotland Motherwell
3MF Greg Docherty (1996-09-10) 10 September 1996 (age 21) 3 0 Scotland Hamilton Academical
3MF Kyle Magennis (1998-08-26) 26 August 1998 (age 19) 0 0 Scotland St. Mirren
3MF Stephen Mallan (1996-03-25) 25 March 1996 (age 21) 4 1 England Barnsley
3MF Lewis Morgan (1996-09-30) 30 September 1996 (age 21) 4 0 Scotland St. Mirren
3MF Dom Thomas (1996-02-14) 14 February 1996 (age 21) 1 0 Scotland Kilmarnock

4FW Ryan Hardie (1997-03-17) 17 March 1997 (age 20) 6 1 Scotland Rangers
4FW Oliver McBurnie (1996-06-04) 4 June 1996 (age 21) 10 2 Wales Swansea City
4FW Scott Wright (1997-08-08) 8 August 1997 (age 20) 2 0 Scotland Aberdeen

Recent call-ups[edit]

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 (1998-08-20) 20 August 1998 (age 19) 0 0 Scotland Falkirk  Slovakia, November 2016
GK Liam Kelly (1996-01-23) 23 January 1996 (age 21) 2 0 Scotland Rangers  Ukraine, 6 September 2016

DF Anthony Ralston (1998-11-16) 16 November 1998 (age 19) 0 0 Scotland Celtic  Netherlands, September 2017
DF Alex Iacovitti (1997-09-02) 2 September 1997 (age 20) 3 0 England Forest Green Rovers (on loan from Nottingham Forest)  Estonia, March 2017
DF Jamie McCart (1997-06-20) 20 June 1997 (age 20) 0 0 Scotland St Mirren (on loan from Celtic)  Estonia, March 2017
DF Jordan McGhee (1996-07-24) 24 July 1996 (age 21) 20 0 Scotland Falkirk  Estonia, March 2017
DF Kyle Cameron (1997-01-15) 15 January 1997 (age 20) 1 0 England Newcastle United  Slovakia, November 2016
DF Zak Jules (1997-02-17) 17 February 1997 (age 20) 3 0 England Shrewsbury Town  Estonia, 27 March 2017
DF Calum MacDonald (1997-12-18) 18 December 1997 (age 19) 1 0 England Derby County  Slovakia, November 2016
DF Jake Sheppard (1997-05-30) 30 May 1997 (age 20) 2 0 England Reading  Slovakia, November 2016

MF Michael Johnston (1999-04-19) 19 April 1999 (age 18) 0 0 Scotland Celtic  Latvia, October 2017
MF Adam Frizzell (1998-01-22) 22 January 1998 (age 19) 0 0 Scotland Kilmarnock  Netherlands, September 2017
MF Iain Wilson (1998-12-15) 15 December 1998 (age 18) 0 0 Scotland Kilmarnock  Netherlands, September 2017
MF Cammy Ballantyne (1997-04-13) 13 April 1997 (age 20) 0 0 Scotland Dundee United  Estonia, March 2017
MF Liam Henderson (1996-04-25) 25 April 1996 (age 21) 8 0 Scotland Celtic  Estonia, March 2017
MF James Jones (1996-02-13) 13 February 1996 (age 21) 3 0 England Crewe Alexandra  Estonia, March 2017
MF Ruben Sammut (1997-09-26) 26 September 1997 (age 20) 3 0 England Chelsea  Estonia, March 2017
MF Joe Thomson (1997-01-14) 14 January 1997 (age 20) 0 0 Scotland Celtic  Estonia, March 2017
MF Alan Forrest (1996-09-09) 9 September 1996 (age 21) 1 0 Scotland Ayr United  Slovakia, November 2016
MF Aidan Nesbitt (1997-02-05) 5 February 1997 (age 20) 2 0 England Milton Keynes Dons  Slovakia, November 2016
MF Liam Burt (1999-02-01) 1 February 1999 (age 18) 2 0 Scotland Rangers  Iceland, 5 October 2016
MF Craig Storie (1996-01-13) 13 January 1996 (age 21) 2 0 Scotland Aberdeen  Iceland, 5 October 2016

FW Oliver Burke (1997-04-07) 7 April 1997 (age 20) 0 0 England West Bromwich Albion  Latvia, October 2017
FW Jack Harper (1996-02-28) 28 February 1996 (age 21) 0 0 Spain Malaga CF  Estonia, March 2017
FW Paul McMullan (1996-02-25) 25 February 1996 (age 21) 0 0 Scotland Dundee United  Estonia, March 2017
FW Craig Wighton (1997-07-27) 27 July 1997 (age 20) 2 0 Scotland Dundee  Estonia, March 2017
FW Eamonn Brophy (1996-03-10) 10 March 1996 (age 21) 1 0 Scotland Kilmarnock  Slovakia, November 2016
FW Jai Quitongo (1997-09-14) 14 September 1997 (age 20) 1 0 Scotland Greenock Morton  Slovakia, November 2016
FW Harry Cardwell (1996-10-28) 28 October 1996 (age 21) 1 0 England Grimsby Town   Switzerland, 18 November 2014

Past squads[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Under-23 competition.

References[edit]

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