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EURO 2020 UPDATE: BATES, DEVLIN CALLED IN

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STEVE CLARKE has called in David Bates and Michael Devlin to his Scotland squad for the upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers against Russia and Belgium.

The defensive double-act replace the injured pair of Grant Hanley, of Norwich City, and Sheffield Wednesday’s Liam Palmer who have called off and the international boss has also lost the services of Aberdeen stalwart Scott McKenna, Kilmarnock pivot Stuart Findlay and Hearts prospect John Souttar.

Clarke worked with his pool of players today as he prepared them for Friday’s tie against the Russians at Hampden with the Belgians, who beat the Scots 3-0 in Brussels in June, due in Glasgow on Monday.

Former Rangers centre-back Bates, who is currently on loan at Sheffield Wednesday from German side Hamburg, could be set to earn his fifth cap while Dons’ reliable back-four operator Devlin has yet to represent the national side.

Clarke has already made a rallying call to the Tartan Army to get solidly behind their country in the two crucial confrontations.

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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