Liverpool left-back Andrew Robertson and Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay are among four players who have pulled out of the Scotland squad for the final Euro 2020 qualifiers against Cyprus and Kazakhstan in the coming days.


Leeds defender Liam Cooper and Bournemouth winger Ryan Fraser have also withdrawn.

Celtic forward Lewis Morgan and Derby midfielder Graeme Shinnie have been called up as replacements. Morgan was last involved in October, but Shinnie hasn’t been since June.


As captain, Robertson is at least expected to remain with the squad until the group departs for Cyprus later this week. The nature of any injury suffered by the Liverpool star is not clear.


Reds fans will understandably be keen for Robertson to be fit in time for the club’s upcoming fixtures against Crystal Palace and Napoli after the international break.


McTominay, meanwhile, suffered the recurrence of an ankle injury during Manchester United’s win over Brighton on Sunday. As yet, there is no update on his likely return to fitness.

Scott McTominay

Cooper has a groin problem, while a knee injury has sidelined Fraser.


The loss of all four players is a major blow for Scotland, who would have been hoping to end an otherwise disappointing qualifying campaign on a relative high.


Scotland cannot qualify for Euro 2020 via the group, with Belgium and Russia having both made light work of qualifying. But they can still reach the finals next summer as their UEFA Nations League campaign yielded a second opportunity in the playoffs in March.

If Scotland do make it via the playoffs, it will be the country’s first appearance at a major international tournament since the 1998 World Cup.


This qualifying campaign has seen a change in manager after Alex McLeish was sacked in April and replace by former Chelsea defender Steve Clarke.


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