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‘DISAPPOINTED,’ CLARKE’S CELTIC VERDICT

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SCOTLAND boss Steve Clarke admitted he is “disappointed” by Ange Postecoglou’s decision not to relase any Celtic players for the friendly in Turkey a week tonight, as Scotzine reported earlier today.

Possible call-ups Anthony Ralston, Greg Taylor, David Turnbull and James Forrest were removed from the equation when the Hoops boss insisted they travelled to Australia for two games in the Sydney Super Cup against the local side 24 hours after the Scots match and then Everton three days later.

Postecoglou had made it clear only players who would be in the World Cup would be released and Giorgos Giakoumakis (Greece), Carl Starfelt (Sweden), Liel Abada (Israel) and Sead Haksbanovic (Montenegro) are in the same situation as the Scots with their countries facing friendlies over the same period.

DEAL ME IN…Kieran Tierney is heading for Turkey with Scotland.

International gaffer Clarke, speaking to the Daily Record, said: “The baseline is that it’s not an official international window. I don’t know why because there’s a World Cup window going on. That sounds pretty official to me.

“That’s what it is. The clubs don’t have to release their players and Celtic have chosen not to release their players for this game. I have to say I’m disappointed with that decision, but we have to take it on the chin and it’s a chance for someone else.

“It was just a blanket decision. Celtic have said that none of their players are available for any international games.”

Although there are no Celtic stars in the 23-man squad, there are five former Hoops aces involved.

Goalkeeper Craig Gordon, defenders Jack Hendry and Kieran Tierney and midfielders Stuart Armstrong and Kieran Tierney are all heading for Diyarbakir as the Scots prepare for next year’s Euro 2024 qualifying campaign.

I’M IN CHARGE…Craig Gordon is ready to face the Turks.

THE SCOTLAND SQUAD 

Goalkeepers: Craig Gordon (Hearts), Liam Kelly (Motherwell), Robby McCrorie (Rangers);

Defenders: Grant Hanley (Norwich City), Jack Hendry (Cremonese, on loan from Club Brugge KV), Scott McKenna (Nottingham Forest), Nathan Patterson (Everton), Ryan Porteous (Hibs), Calvin Ramsay (Liverpool), Andy Robertson (Liverpool), Kieran Tierney (Arsenal);

Midfielders: Stuart Armstrong (Southampton), Lewis Ferguson (Bologna), Billy Gilmour (Brighton), Ryan Jack (Rangers), John McGinn (Aston Villa), Kenny McLean (Norwich City), Scott McTominay (Manchester United);

Forwards: Che Adams (Southampton), Jacob Brown (Stoke City), Ryan Christie (Bournemouth), Lyndon Dykes (Queens Park Rangers) and Ryan Fraser (Newcastle).

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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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