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Gordon Strachan names Scotland squad for EURO 2016 double header

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Gordon Strachan has named his Scotland squad for the EURO 2016 qualification double header against Georgia and Germany at the start of next month.

Celtic midfielder Stuart Armstrong has been called up for the first time in two years, when he was included in the squad for the World Cup qualifier against Croatia in June 2013.

Allan McGregor, Grant Hanley and Chris Martin return to the Scotland squad with Scott Bain, Craig Samson, Mark Reynolds, Barry Bannan and Charlie Adam all dropping out.

Celtic striker and current Premiership top scorer Leigh Griffiths keeps his place in the squad.

When questioned on the call up of Stuart Armstrong, the only uncapped player in the squad, Strachan said: “I’ve been impressed for a while. I think it was two years ago he was in the squad. He has always been on the radar so it shouldn’t come as a big surprise to anyone.

“He looks comfortable at the level he’s playing, which I like, and he’s becoming a major figure in games, which I like as well. It’s dealing with the big-game mentality, dealing with the pressure and the crowds. It’s something the boys at Celtic have to deal with all the time and Stuart is dealing with that well now.”

Scotland will face Georgia in Tbilisi on Friday 4th September before playing host to World champions Germany at a a sold out Hampden on Monday September 7th.

Currently sitting third in Group D, Scotland are to points behind Germany in second spot and three behind group leaders Poland.

Ireland, who Scotland drew 1-1 with in June, are two points behind in fourth.

The final two qualifiers of the group against Poland [at Hampden]and Gibraltar [in Faro]will be played in October, with the top two sides qualifying automatically for the tournament in France next year. The third placed team will go into a play-off.

The best third placed side also qualifies for Euro 2016 automatically, but Hungary and Albania are currently vying for that place.

Scotland squad:

Goalkeepers
Craig Gordon (Celtic)
David Marshall (Cardiff City)
Allan McGregor (Hull City)

Defenders
Christophe Berra (Ipswich Town)
Craig Forsyth (Derby County)
Gordon Greer (Brighton & Hove Albion)
Grant Hanley (Blackburn Rovers)
Alan Hutton (Aston Villa)
Russell Martin (Norwich City)
Charlie Mulgrew (Celtic)
Andrew Robertson (Hull City)
Steven Whittaker (Norwich City)

Midfielders
Ikechi Anya (Watford)
Stuart Armstrong (Celtic)
Scott Brown (Celtic)
Darren Fletcher (West Bromwich Albion)
James Forrest (Celtic)
Shaun Maloney (Chicago Fire)
James Morrison (West Bromwich Albion)
James McArthur (Crystal Palace)
Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth)
Johnny Russell (Derby County)

Forwards
Steven Fletcher (Sunderland)
Leigh Griffiths (Celtic)
Chris Martin (Derby County)
Steven Naismith (Everton)

What are your thoughts on the Scotland squad? Any players that should have been called up? Any player selection you would question? What

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Andy Muirhead is the Editor of Scotzine and the Scottish Football fanzine FITBA. He is the Scottish Football columnist for The Morning Star and has written for a number of other publications including ESPN, Huffington Post UK, BT Life's a Pitch and has had his work featured in the Daily Record, The Scotsman and the Daily Mail.

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