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Scotland under-21 squad announced for Northern Ireland qualifying tie

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Newly-appointed Scotland under-21 coach Ricky Sbragia has named his first squad ahead of their opening UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying match against Northern Ireland.

The former Sunderland boss has named a 22-man squad for the tie, which will take place on Saturday the 5th of September at Mourneview Park in Lurgan, and will be Sbragia’s first competitive test since stepping up from his role as Scotland under-19 coach earlier this month.

Scotland and Northern Ireland have been drawn together in Group 3 of qualifying for the 2017 UEFA European Under-21 Championship, which takes place in Poland, alongside France, Ukraine, Iceland and FYR Macedonia.

Last year’s runaway winners of the Scottish Championship, Hearts are the best-represented side, with no fewer than five Tynecastle players in Sbragia’s squad, including defender Callum Paterson and on-form forwards Billy King and Sam Nicholson.

On the other side of the capital divide, Hibs’ Jason Cummings joins recent signing John McGinn in the side. If selected against Northern Ireland, Cummings will pick up his first under-21 international cap.

Other notable inclusions include Sporting Lisbon’s Ryan Gauld, Dundee United pair Charlie Telfer and John Souttar and Swansea City target Ryan Christie, who was on target for Inverness in their weekend 4-2 defeat to Celtic. Former Reading goalkeeper Jonathan Henly, currently without a club, is also included.

The full squad is listed below:

Goalkeepers
Ryan Fulton (Liverpool)
Jack Hamilton (Heart of Midlothian)
Jonathan Henly (Unattached)
 
Defenders
Stuart Findlay (Celtic)
Stephen Hendrie (West Ham United)
Donald Love (Manchester United)
Callum McFadzean (Sheffield United)
Jordan McGhee (Heart of Midlothian)
Callum Paterson (Heart of Midlothian)
 
Midfielders
Ryan Christie (Inverness Caledonian Thistle)
Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth)
Jay Fulton (Swansea City)
Ryan Gauld (Sporting Clube de Portugal)
Billy King (Heart of Midlothian)
Cameron King (Norwich City)
John McGinn (Hibernian)
Sam Nicholson (Heart of Midlothian)
John Souttar (Dundee United)
Charlie Telfer (Dundee United)
 
Forwards
Jason Cummings (Hibernian);
Declan McManus (Fleetwood Town)
Lawrence Shankland (Aberdeen)
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