Christopher Burns has made his first squad selection as National team manager and, as promised, he has made a raft of changes. Starting with the goalkeepers; veterans Allan McGreggor, Craig Gordon and David Marshall have all been dropped for uncapped duo Zander Clark and Craig MacGillivray while Jon McLaughlin, who has has one cap, completes the set. In defence veterans Christophe Berra, Charlie Mulgrew and Grant Hanley make way for the uncapped duo of Mikey Devlin and Declan Gallagher as well as Liam Cooper, Mikey Devlin and John Souttar who have a combined ten caps between them. Kieran Tierney misses out through injury and is replaced by Joe Bryan who has declared himself for the country after being persuaded by Burns. Andrew Robertson, Callum Paterson and Stephen O'Donnell complete the fullback positions. Ryan Jack, Matt Phillips and Callum McGreggor miss out through injury whilst Stuart Armstrong, Barry Bannan, Kenny McLean, Darren Fletcher, Graeme Shinnie, Ryan Christie and Oliver Burke have all been dropped. Matt Ritchie, Robert Snodgrass, James Forrest, Ryan Fraser, Scott McTominay and John McGinn are joined by the uncapped John Fleck and Tom Cairney, who has reaffirmed his commitment to the Scotland team, to complete the midfield. Leigh Griffiths will likely lead the line although Johnny Russell may put up a fight for the role and shock call up Lawrence Shankland may also feature as he looks to earn his first cap. Oli McBurnie's poor start to the season as well as his lack of goals in his seven caps has also led to him being dropped.
Unlike Bryan and Cairney, Burns was unable to persuade Angus Gunn, Harvey Barnes, Karlan Grant, Che Adams or Ryan Fredericks to commit to Scotland. They seemingly have ambitions to play for England but Burns remains hopeful of persuading them to commit to Scotland in the future. All in all it is a pretty inexperienced team and the likes of Robertson, Snodgrass, Ritchie, Forrest, McGinn and Griffiths will have to step up and lead the way for the younger lads. Robertson has kept the captaincy and his understudy for the fullback position; Tierney will also fill in for the captaincy role as he has been selected as the vice captain. In the absence of either of them it is believed the likes of McKenna, Cooper, Callum McGreggor, John Souttar, Matt Ritchie and Callum Paterson will be trusted to debutize.