Celtic and Rangers wild cards sparking Euro 2020 ripple effect as mentor raises ‘million dollar question’

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Scot Gemmill reckons David Turnbull and Nathan Patterson‘s Euro 2020 inclusion will inspire Scottish football from top to bottom.

The Celtic and Rangers youngsters – plus Chelsea star and former Ibrox prospect Billy Gilmour – were named in Steve Clarke’s 26-man squad for this summer’s tournament.

None of the three have been capped at senior level but progressed through the international youth ranks, often under the watchful eye of Scotland U-21 boss Gemmill.

Gemmill, who has named a new-look squad for a friendly double header against Northern Ireland next month, was asked if they could be an inspiration.

He said: “Yes, no doubt, not just to the Under-21 group, to all the age groups all the way down, the performance schools as well.



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“The fact that they have been referenced in the development of these players – there is so much good work going on.

“The coaches at that level don’t get the credit they deserve but they are the ones that have really helped these players get in this position, working with them day in, day out.

“It is a very nice moment for the staff to point to that process and that pathway.

“Brian (McLaughlin) runs the performance schools and I know he is incredibly proud of his staff and the role that they have played and rightly so.

“It is really exciting and it shows all the players involved that it can happen and how close they are. So it is really exciting.



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“People have asked: ‘Where are the young players?’ They are there and myself and my staff have said that consistently in the last few years.

“The Under-17s qualified for four finals in a row, you don’t do that by chance. You do that by having good players.

“There are good players, they just need opportunities to play and they are stepping up with their performances.”

Scotland’s European Championship group stage campaign sees them take on Czech Republic and Croatia at Hampden Park with a trip to play England at Wembley in between.

Gemmill is intrigued as to the part the three new call-ups will play and insists the “million dollar question” is whether they can step straight in.

He said: “It is obviously Steve’s decision and his staff but they are there because of their performances.



Scot Gemmill
Gemmill is excited to see how the youngsters cope

“They have influenced games at the very highest level and Billy and Nathan are still eligible to play for the Under-21s in these up and coming games.

“David is actually too old now but it is the strength of the their seasons that has put them there so it is really exciting to see.

“I think it is just about opportunity. They have put themselves in a position where they can be part of history and such a big sporting occasion, it is going to be really interesting to see what happens.

“Steve has obviously put them in there because he feels that they can be part of it.

“Obviously there is a big balance between getting the squad selection correct, getting the team selection correct and we all trust Steve, he has shown he is very good at that. He has got us into this position.”



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