GORDON STRACHAN has reduced the size of his squad for the crucial World Cup qualifier against England by 5.
The Scotland boss had initially named 29 players in his squad but has now taken the decision that some of the fringe players will not be needed for the must win encounter.
Surprisingly Celtic left back Kieran Tierney has not been listed among the five to drop-out despite suffering a jaw injury at Hampden in Saturday’s Scottish Cup Final.
However Aberdeen’s Kenny McLean has been dropped from the squad to add further bad news to the disappointment of losing to Celtic in the Cup Final.
The veteran striker Steven Fletcher also drops out as Strachan feels he can do without the experienced Sheffield Wednesday frontman.
The Championship Player of the Year John McGinn is out of the squad and the Hibs man is joined by Hearts goalie Jack Hamilton.
The fifth player to drop out of the squad is former Motherwell player Jamie Murphy who has just won promotion to the Premier League with Brighton.
Strachan must have spoken to Celtic about Kieran Tierney’s injury and despite Brendan Rodgers thinking that Scotland’s Young Player of the Year may require an operation to repair the damage, it looks like he has a chance of making the England match.