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).
|1977||Toulon Tournament||Sixth Place||4||1||1||2||6||7|||
|1991||Toulon Tournament||Third Place||3||2||1||0||5||3|||
|1992||Toulon Tournament||Eighth Place||3||0||0||3||0||7|||
|1993||Toulon Tournament||Third Place||4||2||0||2||3||2|||
|1994||Toulon Tournament||Sixth Place||3||1||1||1||3||3|||
|1995||Toulon Tournament||Fourth Place||4||2||0||2||4||7|||
|1997||Toulon Tournament||Ninth Place||4||0||3||1||2||4|||
|2000||Three Nations Tournament||Winners||2||1||1||0||2||1|||
|2017||Toulon Tournament||Third Place||5||3||0||2||8||7|||
|2018||Toulon Tournament||Fourth Place||5||2||2||1||5||5|||
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 15 October 2019
|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||2013–2017||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.
- As of 15:25, 15 October 2019 (UTC)
|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|GK||Ross Doohan||29 March 1998||7||0||Ayr United (on loan from Celtic)|
|GK||Robby McCrorie||18 March 1998||7||0||Queen of the South (on loan from Rangers)|
|GK||Kieran Wright||1 April 2000||0||0||Rangers|
|DF||Jamie Brandon||5 February 1998||2||0||Heart of Midlothian|
|DF||Daniel Harvie||14 July 1998||9||0||Ayr United|
|DF||George Johnston||1 September 1998||6||0||Feyenoord|
|DF||Patrick Reading||29 May 1999||4||0||Middlesbrough|
|MF||Allan Campbell||4 July 1998||19||0||Motherwell|
|MF||Dean Campbell||19 March 2001||0||0||Aberdeen|
|MF||Lewis Ferguson||24 August 1999||6||0||Aberdeen|
|MF||Billy Gilmour||11 June 2001||11||1||Chelsea|
|MF||Ewan Henderson||27 March 2000||1||0||Ross County (on loan from Celtic)|
|MF||Jordan Holsgrove||10 September 1999||4||0||Atlético Baleares (on loan from Reading)|
|MF||Stephen Kelly||13 April 2000||1||0||Ayr United (on loan from Rangers)|
|MF||Barry Maguire||27 April 1998||3||1||Motherwell|
|MF||Lewis Smith||16 March 2000||1||0||Hamilton Academical|
|FW||Fraser Hornby||13 September 1999||12||6||Kortrijk (on loan from Everton)|
|FW||Connor McLennan||5 October 1999||3||2||Aberdeen|
|FW||Glenn Middleton||1 January 2000||19||1||Hibernian (on loan from Rangers)|
|FW||James Scott||30 August 2000||1||0||Motherwell|
The following players have also been called up to the Scotland under-21 squad within the last year and remain eligible (current clubs shown).
|Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club||Latest call-up|
|DF||Ross McCrorie||18 March 1998||16||0||Portsmouth (on loan from Rangers)||Greece, November 2019|
|DF||Tom McIntyre||6 November 1998||1||0||Reading||Greece, November 2019|
|DF||Ryan Porteous||25 March 1999||11||0||Hibernian||Greece, November 2019|
|DF||Sean Mackie||4 November 1998||1||0||Dundee (on loan from Hibernian)||Sweden, March 2019|
|DF||Calvin Miller||9 January 1998||1||0||Celtic||Sweden, March 2019|
|MF||Kyle Magennis||26 August 1998||5||0||St Mirren||Greece, November 2019|
|MF||Kyle McAllister||21 January 1999||2||0||St Mirren||Croatia, September 2019|
|MF||Jake Hastie||18 March 1999||2||0||Rotherham United (on loan from Rangers)||Sweden, March 2019|
|MF||Callumn Morrison||5 July 1999||0||0||Heart of Midlothian||Sweden, March 2019|
|MF||David Turnbull||10 July 1999||2||0||Motherwell||Sweden, March 2019|
|MF||Iain Wilson||15 December 1998||7||0||Kilmarnock||Sweden, March 2019|
|FW||Mikey Johnston||19 April 1999||8||1||Celtic||Greece, November 2019|
|FW||Ben House||5 July 1999||2||0||Reading||Sweden, March 2019|
|FW||Oli Shaw||12 March 1998||3||0||Hibernian||Sweden, March 2019|
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