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McKENNA RETURNS FOR SCOTS

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ABERDEEN defender Scott McKenna WILL return to the Scotland squad for this month’s Euro 2020 Qualifiers against Cyprus and Kazakhstan.

The powerful centre-back was injured and ruled out of his nation’s September and October fixtures, but will be part of Steve Clarke’s player pool which will be announced this afternoon.

His last international appearance came in June’s 3-0 defeat from Belgium in Brussels.

McKenna has won 12 caps since being handed his debut by ex-boss Alex McLeish in a 1-0 friendly defeat to Costa Rica at Hampden in March 2018.

He has made 15 appearances for the Dons in all competitions this season, helping the team to fourth place in the Premiership.

Unfortunately, the Scots cannot qualify for the Euro Finals via Group I, even if they win both of their remaining fixtures.

They are 15 and 12 points behind Belgium and Russia respectively, with both sides having already sealed their places in next summer’s extravaganza.

However, Scotland will be able to fall back on the Nations League play-offs in March, which could provide a route into their first major tournament since 1998.

Clarke’s men will take on Cyprus away on November 16 and will face Kazakhstan at Hampden three days later.

 

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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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