Craig Edwards finishes our analysis of the Scotland squad for the Sky Sports Victory Shield, this time focusing on the attackers – headlined by Celtic wonderkid Karamoko Dembele (pictured, above).
If Scotland are to re-take the Sky Sports Victory Shield off of holders Wales they will require the goals from their front men, especially knowing that victory against the Republic of Ireland on Friday will win the shield for the first time since 2013.
Two games down and two of the seven forwards have appeared on the scoresheet. Rangers striker Zac Butterworth scored the second goal in the opening game as the hosts beat Northern Ireland. Brilliantly slipped through he calmly tucked it past the keeper to record his first goal of the competition.
The other striker to have found the net is Jamie Semple. He scored twice as Scotland were held by Wales in the second game of the competition. The Motherwell starlet has appeared for the Fir Park’s under 20 side and is on a few Premier League radars down south including Sunderland, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur.
Despite not scoring, it’s no question that the 13 year old Celtic starlet, Karamoko Dembele, has caught the eye. He trained at St George’s Park in England the week before he made his Scotland under 16s Anchordebut, coming on as a substitute in the Wales match.
Another Celtic striker in the squad is Kieran McGrath who was signed by the Hoops last year after he chose the club he supports over Aston Villa, Everton, Newcastle United, Southampton and Stoke City.
The other two strikers to play their football in Scotland are Joshua McPake and Anthony McDonald of Rangers and Heart of Midlothian respectively. McDonald was the subject of an article by Youth Football Scotland in January after training with the under 20s and first team. The final striker in the squad is Aaron Pressley who plays his football down in England for Aston Villa. This strike force will be hoping to fire Scotland to victory.