UEFA Euro 2020

Scotland predicted lineup vs Croatia - Euro 2020

Harry Symeou
Che Adams is a shoo-in to start
Che Adams is a shoo-in to start / Chloe Knott - Danehouse/Getty Images
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Scotland take on Croatia in front of a home crowd in their Group D finale on Tuesday, hoping to follow in the footsteps of Wales and progress to the second round of Euro 2020.

Steve Clarke's side were beaten by the Czech Republic at Hampden Park in their opener despite turning in an encouraging performance, and although they only managed a point against England on Friday, there was plenty to suggest they can give the 2018 World Cup finalists a game.

Croatia haven't clicked into gear yet at this summer's tournament but Scotland will be wary of the quality within their squad, so while they shouldn't necessarily be fearful, they'll have to show them some respect in this do or die clash.

Here's the side Scotland could go with for this decisive encounter.


1. Goalkeeper & defenders

Kieran Tierney
Kieran Tierney showed versus England why he was sorely missed in Scotland's Group D opener / Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images

David Marshall (GK) - Recovered well after being caught out by Patrik Schick in Scotland's opener with a couple of decent stops at Wembley, most notably one from Mason Mount in the second period.

Scott McTominay (CB) - Proved he can play as part of a back three despite some fans expressing their concerns in the lead-up to the England game. Probably should continue here although in the absence of Billy Gilmour there may be a temptation to push him back into midfield.

Grant Hanley (CB) - Was solid when faced with the threat of Harry Kane and there is no doubt he deserves to keep his place in the starting XI.

Kieran Tierney (CB) - Having him back at the weekend was a huge boost. He was sorely missed against the Czechs and Scotland are a much more solid outfit with him in the team.

2. Wing-backs & midfielders

Stuart Armstrong, Vladimir Coufal, Ondrej Celustka, Lukas Masopust
Stuart Armstrong could come back into the side to replace Billy Gilmour / Stu Forster/Getty Images

Stephen O'Donnell (RWB) - Not the most popular figure among the Scotland fans but justified his selection on Friday, caused Luke Shaw problems when he got forward and mucked in defensively.

John McGinn (CM) - One of the Premier League's most underrated players, McGinn gives you work rate, drive, and technical quality.

Stuart Armstrong (CM) - Likely to come back into the side to replace Billy Gilmour, who has tested positive for coronavirus.

Callum McGregor (CM) - The Celtic man usually brings a discipline to the midfield that allows those around him, in particular, McGinn to get forward and support the forwards.

Andrew Robertson (LWB) - Gets up and down the flank like a steam train. Scotland's best player and the first name on the team sheet.

3. Forwards

Che Adams
Che Adams put in a good shift for Scotland versus England on Friday night / Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

Che Adams (ST) - Always buzzing around up front, could do with being a little more clinical in front of goal but everything up until that point makes him a worthwhile inclusion.

Lyndon Dykes (ST)
- Brings a physical presence to Scotland's attack but not a great deal else. Useful in terms of occupying defenders but they need to get bodies in and around him when going direct to the big man.


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