After topping an initial qualifying group consisting of Bulgaria, Andorra, and Serbia last month, Scotland made it to the Elite Round of qualifying for the U19 Euros.
The tournament will take place in Northern Ireland next summer and to get there, Billy Stark’s young team will have to do well in their latest group. The Scots have been drawn alongside the Czech Republic, Georgia, and Italy.
The Italians will host the group which takes place in a round-robin format. Scotland will first play the Azzuri on March 20, 2024, before facing Georgia three days later. They finish their campaign on March 26, against the Czech Republic.
To make it to the final eight-team tournament in July 2024, Scotland will need to finish top of their group. That is undoubtedly a tough ask, although there are vast amounts of talent in the crop.
Ryan One plays his football for Sheffield United and this season, already has a Premier League appearance to his name. Bailey Rice is the youngest post-war player in Rangers’ history meanwhile Josh Dede, Mitchel Frame, and Daniel Kelly are all highly rated at Celtic.
Further, goal-machine Rory Wilson regularly turns out for Aston Villa’s youth teams and 16-year-old Rory Whittaker is a regular at Hibs having made seven appearances for them this campaign in Scotland’s top flight.
Evidently, Scotland have some hugely talented players coming through. Despite being the ages of 16, 17, and 18, many members of the nation’s U19s team already have a notable level of experience under their belts.
As well as this, they possess extensive potential which only bodes well for the future of the nation. The players will be eager to put said capacity on show in Italy next March, where Scotland are well capable of finishing top of their Elite Round qualifying group.
Should they do so, they will have the opportunity to head over to Northern Ireland for the U19 Euros and give the Tartan Army yet another tournament to look forward to next summer. As it is just across the Irish Sea, one expects the Scotland faithful to head over in their droves if the youngsters make it.
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