Although full focus on this Saturday’s Scottish Cup final, some Celtic players will today have one eye on a key announcement.

At 11 am UK time, Steve Clarke will announce his provisional Scotland squad for this summer’s European Championships in Germany.

Initially, the gaffer will name a 28-man squad before it is trimmed to 26 for the upcoming finals.

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Captain Callum McGregor is nailed on to play at his second major tournament having scored his country’s only goal in the last Euros.

Given the injury issues faced at right-back, the dependable Anthony Ralston will likely be on the plane, too. Whether

Whether Greg Taylor makes the cut remains to be seen but because of his recent upturn in form and vast experience at an elite level, James Forrest has to go. He is on a hot streak and could make an impact for Clarke as a late sub in a game. Further, the dynamic he brings out wide is different to what anyone can.

At the last Euros, Celtic had five players representing Scotland, if you include Jack Hendry who had just spent the season on loan at KV Oostende.

A number just below that is expected this time around as Clarke looks to make history and take his nation out of a group for the first time.


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