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Thursday, 19 November 2015 11:10

Scotland Women's U15 training camp squad announced

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Below are the players selected for the Women's U15 training camp, which will run from the 27th-29th of November at Toryglen. Well done to all selected: 
UEFA European Under-21 Championship Qualifier
SCOTLAND v Ukraine
Friday, 13 November 2015, kick-off 5.45pm
St Mirren Park, Paisley
Scotland U21 boss Ricky Sbragia says he is relishing the challenge of tonight’s European Championship qualifier against Ukraine at St Mirren Park. The manager has been joined by national coach Gordon Strachan and Performance Director Brian McClair this week, and insists it’s been beneficial for everyone.
“It’s been fantastic. From day one, he’s (Strachan) came in and helped everyone with his knowledge of international football and the sessions we’re talking about. He’s just been watching training, spent some time with the players and got to know them.”
Despite Ukraine having failed to pick up any point thus far, Sbragia commented:
“They’ve lost their three game against France, Macedonia and Iceland, but they’re a good team. They play a long ball game, they’re very physical and tall but very decent and should’ve probably beat Macedonia and Iceland. It’ll be a tough game, we know that, so we know what to expect. We’ve done some video analysis over the past few days and have a game plan."
For Scotland, who currently sit fourth in Group 3 with four points, Sbragia says this isn’t a fair reflection of his sides progress in recent months. 
“I actually think we should’ve beaten Iceland, and their goalkeeper made a fantastic save late on in the game. A lot of it has to do with luck and luck has to do with us sometimes not being clinical enough. As ever, we just take each game as it comes and see how it goes and hopefully get something from it.”
Sbragia also admits there has been an extra edge to training, as the national boss casts his eye over the future generation.
“There’s certainly a bit more tackling going around! There’s been a real competitive edge and they’re obviously trying to show Gordon that, at some point in their careers, they deserve to make the step up to the A squad.”
Sbragia, who previously assisted with the U19 squad, was full of praise for Hull City defender Andy Robertson who has joined up with the squad having received three full international caps already. 
“The great thing about Andy is that he’s had no problems coming down. In the past, when you ask more experienced players to come down they don’t want to, but with Andy it’s been different class. He’s really mixed well with the group and he’s been a gem to work with.”
Sbragia was emotional as he paid tribute to former Sunderland goalkeeper Marton Fulop, who passed away at just 32. The former Black Cats boss fought back tears and said:
”Marton was everything, he was great for me as a manager and he kept us in the Premiership. Craig Gordon was injured at the time, so Marton was a big focal point in the team. He made a save in the 94th minute from Gary Cahill, and kept us in the division. I was really sad to hear that he passed away, he was a lovely man and I had a lot of time for him.”
The upcoming Scotland Women's Under-17 Training Camp squad has been announced by Pauline Hamill. 
The squad will train together between the 19th and 22nd November and will discover who their UEFA European Championship Elite Round opponents will be on Friday morning.
Shannon Burgon (Rangers LFC)
Rebecca Cameron (Jeanfield Swifts LFC)
Erin Clachers (Glasgow City FC)
Eartha Cumings (Spartans FC)
Hannah Dryden (Forfar Farmington FC)
Jordyn Elliot (Rangers LFC)
Lindsey Blues (Celtic FC)
Nicole Cameron (Celtic FC)
Murron Cunningham (Glasgow City FC)
Lauren Doran-Barr (Rangers LFC)
Kirsty Fraser (Glasgow City FC)
Kimberley McAlpine (Central Girls Academy)
Bethany McPherson (Westdyke FC)
Shannon Nagle (Celtic FC)
Courtney Otto (Rangers LFC)
Olivia Crawford (Glasgow City FC)
Ellis Dalgliesh  (Celtic FC)
Claire Farquhar (Rangers LFC)
Ellie Kane (Central Girls Academy)
Hannah Fulton (Celtic FC)
Freya Glen (Millwall Centre of Excellence)
Samantha Kerr (Central Girls Academy)
Shannon McGregor (Aberdeen LFC)
Amy Muir (Rangers LFC)
Jamie-Leigh Napier (Celtic FC)
Ellis Notley (Hibernian LFC)
Ellie Simpson (Spartans LFC)
Monica Anderson (Glasgow City FC)
Derrian Gollan (Forfar Farmington FC)
Lauren Gordon (Aberdeen LFC)
Brogan Hay (Glasgow City FC)
Kaela McDonald (Celtic FC)
Megan Robb (Monifieth LFC)
Lucy Smith (Hearts LFC)
Thursday, 05 November 2015 13:50

Victory Shield 2015 - results and league table

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Northern Ireland 0-0 Republic of Ireland 
Wales 1-2 Scotland
Scotland 0-1 Northern Ireland
Wales 2-1 Republic of Ireland
Republic of Ireland 1-1 Scotland 
Wales 3-1 Nothern Ireland
Final League Table
1 Wales 3 2 0 1 6 4 +2 6
2 Scotland 3 1 1 1 3 3 0 4
3 Nothern Ireland 3 1 1 1 2 3 -1 4
4 Rep. Of Ireland 3 0 2 1 2 3 -1 1
Wednesday, 04 November 2015 12:08

SYFA National 16's squad announced

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The SYFA National 16's squad has been announced. Click here to view the squad.
Bryan Cairns - Hutchison Vale FC
Ryan Connelly - Lochgelly Albert Colts
Finlay Cook - Culter BC
Jake Coulter - Syngenta Juveniles
Matthew Coyle - Harmony Row YC
Joshua Edwards - Crosshouse BC
Robbie Fotheringham - Stenhousemuir FC
Lewis Gill - Tynecastle FC
Kieran Jack - Hutchison Vale FC
Harris Kay - Lochgelly Albert Colts
Steven Kyle - Burnhead Colts
Conor McBrearty - Rossvale FC
Callum Millar - Cambuslang FC
Hamish Milne - Glenrothes Strollers
Stephen Mooney - Hamilton Accies
Jordan Orr - Galston YFC
Lewis Paterson - Stamperland FC
Grant Rose - Hutchison Vale FC
Reenan Ward - Tynecastle FC
Cameron Watson - Hutchison Vale FC
Dylan Whitten - Renfrew Victoria YFC
Kieran Wilson - Glenrothes Strollers
The 2017 UEFA European Under-21 Championship takes place in Poland from the 16th to the 30th of June, 2017. Matches will take place across seven different stadia in seven different cities across the country. Sweden are the current holders of the competition after defeating Portugal on penalties in June’s final of the 2015 edition in Prague.
For the first time in the tournament’s history, the 2017 edition will see twelve teams competing, unlike the previous ones, which saw eight compete. The nine group winners will automatically qualify for the tournament, where they will join Poland in the finals.
Out of the nine groups, only the four best runners-up qualify for the two-legged play-offs, with the two winners qualifying. Results against the side finishing sixth in the group do not count in the ranking of second-placed teams, as two of the groups only have five teams.
The Scotland U21 side has not qualified for the European Under-21 Championship since 1996, although they reached the play-offs for the 2004 and 2011 editions, but were unable to overcome Croatia and Iceland respectively.
Scotland's Group  (Group 3)
Group 3 includes France, a squad with many talented players, including Bayern Munich's Kingsley Coman and their captain, Aymeric Laporte of Alteltic Bilbao. Iceland could be considered an up-and-coming footballing nation, but with their senior side reaching the 2016 UEFA European Championship in France next summer, their youth team will be confident. Their under-21 side also played at the 2011 Under-21 Championship in Denmark, where they qualified by beating Scotland in the play-offs.
Also in Group 3 is Ukraine, who also reached the 2011 edition of the tournament, FYR Macedonia will provide tricky opposition to the Scots, with recent results improving, and Northern Ireland, another team whose senior side has qualified for Euro 2016 next summer.
Group 3 so far
The group got underway in June, as Iceland got their campaign off to a winning start with a comfortable 3-0 home win against Macedonia in Reykjavik.
Scotland’s first game was an away trip against Northern Ireland on the 5th of September. The game at Lurgan’s Mourneview Park saw the Scots win by two goals to one. Northern Ireland took an early lead through Mikhail Kennedy’s goal, but goals from Ryan Christie and Ryan Fraser ensured the Scots got off to the perfect start.
The same day also saw two shocks in the group, as Iceland beat France 3-2 at home andh Macedonia beating Ukraine 1-0, also at home. Three days later Iceland were then held at home to Northern Ireland in a 1-1 draw.
October’s qualifiers got underway as Iceland secured an away 1-0 victory in Ukraine. Two days later on the 10th of October, France beat Scotland 2-1 at Pittodrie Stadium in Aberdeen, as a Stephen Kingsley's own goal and a Corentin Tolisso strike secured the win for France in front of a crowd of 3,025. Billy King scored a late consolation goal for the Scots, in a match in which Sporting Lisbon’s Ryan Gauld was sent off.
The 13th of October saw Scotland face group leaders Iceland at Pittodrie. In front of a crowd of 1,985, Scotland had many chances to win the match, but a good defensive performance from Iceland saw Scotland being able to only get a point from the match. Elsewhere in the group, France beat Ukraine 2-0 in Strasbourg, while Macedonia defeated Northern Ireland 2-1 in Lurgan.
At the present time, Scotland sit fourth in Group 3, with four points out of a possible nine. The Scots are seven points behind Iceland, although have two games in hand. Iceland are the only unbeaten side so far in the group, with eleven points, while France are second on six points, along with Macedonia in third. Northern Ireland have a point, while Ukraine have lost all three of their matches so far.
Scotland’s remaining fixtures
Up next for Scotland is a vital match on the 13th of November against Ukraine at St. Mirren Park in Paisley, which is seen as a must-win match for the Scots. Scotland must then wait until March for their next qualifiers, as they place France away on the 25th of March, before facing Northern Ireland at home on the 29th.
Scotland face a double-header in September next year, as the Scots face Macedonia at home on the 2nd, with Ukraine away on the 6th. Then next October, Scotland play Iceland away on the 5th, with the group finishing with an away trip to Macedonia on the 8th.
Overview of the campaign so far
A mixed start to the campaign for Scotland so far. A good away victory in Northern Ireland, a defeat, despite a good performance against France, while a draw against Iceland in a match that should have been won. The next match against Ukraine is vital for the Scots, with a win a must if Scoland, at least, want to finish second and have a chance of a play-off spot.
There is a lot of good quality players in the U21 pool, with Callum Paterson and Ryan Gauld already having been in Gordon Strachan’s senior squad. New captain John McGinn has impressed in the centre of the park for the Scots, whilst Ryan Christie and Sam Nicholson have caused the opposition problems with their attacking flair.
With the Scotland senior team unfortunately not qualifying for Euro 2016, or at least the play-offs, this gives the U21 players a good chance of making the step up to the senior squad in time for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers that begin next September. Also, Hull City defender Andrew Robertson could return to the U21 squad from the senior squad to help the team in the qualifiers for Poland.
Elsewhere in qualifying
At the moment eight teams find themselves having made a perfect start. They are Belgium, Italy, Serbia, Portugal, Croatia, Germany, Austria, and England.
England find themselves two from two in a group with Norway, Switzerland, Kazakhstan, and Bosnia & Herzegovina.
The other home nations find themselves in contrasting groups. The Republic of Ireland have one of the hardest groups as they currently sit behind unbeaten Serbia and Italy, and with Slovenia a place behind them on joint points. Wales though are unbeaten from three in a group with Bulgaria, Romania, and Denmark. At present, they look in good shape to form a real challenge for the top spot. 
The last group matches take place in October 2016, with the play-off matches taking place in November, 2016.
Tuesday, 20 October 2015 10:22

Scotland confirm 2015 Victory Shield squad

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2015 Victory Shield
Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, SCOTLAND, Wales
1st November – 5th November 2015
Newport, Wales
The Scotland squad for the newly revamped Victory Shield was today announced. Scotland will travel to Newport in Wales to participate in the round robin tournament which will now take place over the space of a week and will see the Republic of Ireland participating instead of England.
Scotland's fixture timetable is:
1st November Scotland V Wales - 4.00pm (Dragon Park)
3rd November Scotland V Northern Ireland - 2.00pm (Newport Stadium)
5th November Scotland V Republic of Ireland - 2.00pm (Newport Stadium)
Scotland Under-16 squad for 2015 Victory Shield:
Jon McCracken (Hamilton Academical) 
Ryan Mullen (Celtic)
Stephen Welsh (Celtic)
Lewis Mayo (Rangers) 
Jack Thomson (Rangers) 
Kieran Freeman (Dundee United) 
Daniel Church (Celtic) 
Scott Gray (Rangers) 
Kyle Smith (Heart of Midlothian)
Jordan Houston (Rangers)
Stephen Kelly (Rangers) 
Elliot Watt (Preston North End) 
Sebastian Ross (Aberdeen) 
Aidan Maxwell (Forth Valley Academy) 
Jack Paterson (Kilmarnock) 
Christian Antoniazzi (Celtic) 
Jack Aitchison (Celtic) 
Zak Rudden (Rangers) 
Glenn Middleton (Norwich City)
Lewis Hutchison (Aberdeen)
Wednesday, 07 October 2015 11:27

Scotland Under 21 European Qualifying Preview

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Scotland under 21s are currently gearing up for two crucial European Championship qualifiers against France and Iceland, both at Pittodrie Stadium.  

The Scots will take on France on Saturday night and Iceland on Tuesday next week.

The team have made a good start to the campaign after victory against Northern Ireland; goals from Ryan Christie and Ryan Fraser sealed the win last month.

Squad Information:

Scotland will be confident in their chances; the squad announced for the matches is a strong one with many of the ‘big hitters’ being selected.

The team is experienced, with players such as Hearts’ Callum Paterson and Manchester United’s Donald Love the main defensive players being selected. 

The midfielders include the League-Cup-Winning John McGinn, currently of Hibernian, John Souttar of Dundee United and Jay Fulton of Swansea City. 

It could be argued that Scotland’s attacking players are the biggest strength in the squad, big names such as; Jason Cummings, who has netted four times in the Scottish Championship so far, Ryan Christie, fresh from signing a contract with Celtic, and exciting young prospect Ryan Gauld are included in this bracket.

Eleven members of the squad currently play in the SPFL Premiership, many of whom are regular starters, showing the real depth and quality of the young Scottish side. 

Other leagues represented in the squad include those of the; SPFL Championship; English Premier League, Championship and League One; with Ryan Gauld the sole representative of the only non-UK based league.

Key Players:

John McGinn – The captain of the side will be looking to lead Scotland to victory in the two crucial qualifiers. McGinn is an integral part of the squad and has a lot of experience in high-profile matches.

Ryan Christie – The talented player will be looking to pose many problems for the defences of both sides and is in good form following two wins in a row with Inverness.

The Group:

The Scots will be relishing the challenge of playing France on Saturday; a team featuring the likes of Bayern Munich’s Kinsley Coman will prove difficult. The Iceland match will also be a tough task, with the Icelanders showing similar form to the first team as they sit top of the group, beating France in the process.

The Scots are currently in a good position; the team sit second, having only played one game, and are ahead of Macedonia and Northern Ireland who have played two matches so far. France and Ukraine are both on zero points after one match, with Iceland racing away at the top with seven, having played three matches.

Elsewhere in the group Ukraine host Iceland, Macedonia travel to Northern Ireland and France play Ukraine in Strasbourg.

The Verdict:

It is no secret that it will be a tough ask for Scotland to qualify with only the top team, and the four best runners up, qualifying for a play-off for the chance to fly to Poland in 2017 for the tournament. There is a small margin for error in under 21 qualifying, with the very limited qualifying places available.

But the team will take great confidence from the first match, beating one of their main rivals in Northern Ireland and already gaining a small advantage over the other sides below them. 

Scotland are currently unbeaten in three competitive matches and will be hoping this form continues on Saturday night.

Ryan Fulton (Liverpool)
Jack Hamilton (Heart of Midlothian)
Jonathan Henly (Ipswich Town)
Stuart Findlay (Celtic – on loan at Kilmarnock)
Marcus Fraser (Ross County)
Dominic Hyam (Reading)
Stephen Kingsley (Swansea City - on loan to Crewe)
Donald Love (Manchester United - on loan at Wigan Athletic)
Jordan McGhee (Heart of Midlothian)
Callum Paterson (Heart of Midlothian)
Jay Fulton (Swansea City – on loan at Oldham Athletic)
John McGinn (Hibernian)
Craig Slater (Kilmarnock)
John Souttar (Dundee United)
Charlie Telfer (Dundee United)
Ryan Christie (Celtic – on loan at Inverness Caledonian Thistle)
Jason Cummings (Hibernian)
Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth – on loan at Ipswich Town)
Ryan Gauld (Sporting Clube de Portugal)
Billy King (Heart of Midlothian)
Declan McManus (Fleetwood Town)
Sam Nicholson (Heart of Midlothian)
Lawrence Shankland (Aberdeen – on loan at St Mirren)
Ricky Sbragia has named a 23-player squad for Scotland’s forthcoming UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying matches against France and Iceland at Pittodrie Stadium.
UEFA European Under-21 Championship Qualifiers
Scotland v France
Saturday, 10th October 2015, kick-off 3pm
Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
Scotland v Iceland
Tuesday, 13th October 2015, kick-off 5.45pm
Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
Ryan Fulton (Liverpool)
Jack Hamilton (Heart of Midlothian)
Jonathan Henly (Ipswich Town) 
Stuart Findlay (Celtic) *
Stephen Hendrie (West Ham United)
Dominic Hyam (Reading)
Donald Love (Manchester United)
Callum McFadzean (Sheffield United) 
Jordan McGhee (Heart of Midlothian) 
Callum Paterson (Heart of Midlothian)
Jay Fulton (Swansea City) **
John McGinn (Hibernian)
Craig Slater (Kilmarnock)
John Souttar (Dundee United)
Charlie Telfer (Dundee United)
Ryan Christie (Celtic) ***
Jason Cummings (Hibernian)
Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth) **** 
Ryan Gauld (Sporting Clube de Portugal) 
Billy King (Heart of Midlothian) 
Declan McManus (Fleetwood Town) 
Sam Nicholson (Heart of Midlothian) 
Lawrence Shankland (Aberdeen) *****
* on loan to Kilmarnock
** on loan to Oldham Athletic
*** on loan to Inverness Caledonian Thistle
**** on loan to Ipswich Town
***** on loan to St Mirren
UEFA European Women's Under-17 Championship first round qualifiers
Kazakhstan, SCOTLAND, Austria, Latvia
Sunday 11th October 2015 - Friday 16th October 2015
Pauline Hamill announced her Scotland Women's Under-17 squad yesterday for the first round of qualifying for next summer's European Championships. 
Scotland will take on hosts Kazakhstan, Austria and Latvia in the second week of October. The top two teams from the round-robin competition qualify for next year's elite round phase of qualification. 
Scotland U17's Girls squad
Erin Clachers (Glasgow City FC)
Eartha Cumings (Spartans FC)
Nicole Cameron (Celtic FC)
Murron Cunningham (Glasgow City FC)
Lauren Doran-Barr (Rangers LFC)
Kirsty Fraser (Glasgow City FC)
Kimberley McAlpine (Central Girls Academy)
Katie Rice (Glasgow City FC)
Ellis Dalgliesh (Celtic FC)
Claire Farquhar (Rangers LFC)
Samantha Kerr (Central Girls Academy)
Shannon McGregor (Aberdeen LFC)
Jamie-Lee Napier (Celtic FC)
Ellis Notley (Hibernian LFC)
Derrian Gollan (Forfar Farmington FC)
Lauren Gordon (Aberdeen LFC)
Brogan Hay (Glasgow City FC)
Kaela McDonald (Celtic FC)
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