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MLS 🔵 Lewis Morgan added to Scotland’s provisional Euro 2024 squad

Scotland head coach Steve Clarke has added New York Red Bulls star Lewis Morgan to his provisional squad ahead of Euro 2024.

The 27-year-old – who has nine goals and three assists this season – has been used as a forward in the MLS.

Morgan last played for the national team in 2018 and joins the group following the withdrawals of Lyndon Dykes and Ben Doak.

Clarke had already called up Bristol City’s Tommy Conway in place of Doak – with Morgan now added to a 28-man group which must be cut to 26 after Friday’s friendly against Finland.

The former Celtic, St Mirren, Sunderland and Inter Miami attacker has scored 67 goals in 288 club appearances, including 27 since moving to New York.

Clarke: Morgan has got a ‘few strings to his bow’

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Scotland manager Steve Clarke explains his decision to call-up Lewis Morgan and Tommy Conway

Clarke believes Morgan has « different qualities » to Doak and is a versatile player.

He said: « Lewis (Morgan) replaces Ben Doak who is a winger. I never go like for like, they have different qualities. I don’t tend to pick wingers, but Lewis can do that.

« He also has adapted his game and can play as a striker or a second striker. He’s got a few strings to his bow.

« Lewis has been in my squads before when he was here with Celtic and St Mirren so I know the player, I know the character, I know the person which is always a help.

« You look at what’s your next best option and Lewis and Tommy (Conway) were the obvious candidates.

« I tried to give Lyndon [Dykes] as long as I could but there comes a time I have to make a call on it and Tommy [Conway] came into replace him.

« It’s been a difficult spell and it’s not something we envisaged but I think we’ve dealt with it quite well.

« Really, really disappointed for two players who were in the 28 to have to drop out through injury in camp, because it’s even more painful when it happens so close to the tournament.

« I feel for them, but it’s football and it can happen to anybody at any time. »

What’s next for Scotland?

Friday June 7: Euro 2024 warm-up, Scotland vs Finland at Hampden Park, Glasgow; kick-off 7.45pm

Friday June 7: Final 26-player squad submitted to UEFA by 11pm

Saturday June 8: Final 26-player squad announced

Sunday June 9: Scotland squad fly to base camp in the Bavarian resort of Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Scotland’s Euro 2024 schedule

Scotland have history kicking off tournaments, having been drawn to face Brazil in the opener at World Cup 1998, a game they narrowly lost 2-1 to a second-half Tom Boyd own goal.

This time around the venue is the Munich Football Arena (Allianz Arena) where Steve Clarke’s side kick off the opening match of Euro 2024 against hosts Germany on June 14.

The Scots also face games against perennial qualifiers Switzerland in Cologne on June 19, with Hungary – who reached the knockouts in 2016 – awaiting in Stuttgart on June 23.

Scotland’s potential route to the final finishing as group winners…

If Scotland finish as winners of Group A but all other results at Euro 2024 go with the world rankings, the Scots’ opponents in the knockout rounds would be…

Round of 16: Saturday June 29 – Scotland vs Denmark (Westfalenstadion, Dortmund)

Quarter-final: Friday July 5 – Spain vs Scotland (MHPArena, Stuttgart)

Semi-final: Tuesday July 9 – Scotland vs Netherlands; kick-off 8pm (Allianz Arena, Munich)

Final: Sunday July 14 – Scotland vs France; kick-off 8pm (Olympiastadion, Berlin)

Scotland’s potential route to the final finishing as group runners-up…

If Scotland finish as Group A runners-up but all other results at Euro 2024 go with the world rankings, the Scots’ opponents in the knockout rounds would be…

Round of 16: Saturday June 29 – Scotland vs Italy (Olympiastadion, Berlin)

Quarter-final: Saturday July 6 – England vs Scotland (Merkur Spiel-Arena, Düsseldorf)

Semi-final: Wednesday July 10 – France vs Scotland; kick-off 8pm (Allianz Arena, Munich)

Final: Sunday July 14 – Spain vs Scotland; kick-off 8pm (Olympiastadion, Berlin)

If Scotland finish as one of four best third-placed teams…

One of:

Sunday June 30 – Group B winners vs third-placed side from Group A/D/E/F (RheinEnergieStadion, Cologne)

Monday July 1 – Group F winners vs third-placed side from Group A/B/C (Waldstadion, Frankfurt)

Tuesday July 2: Group E winners vs third-placed side Group A/B/C/D (Allianz Arena, Munich)

Quarter-finals

If Scotland finish first in Group A and win round-of-16 game…

Friday July 5 (MHPArena, Stuttgart)

If Scotland finish second in Group A and win round-of-16 game…

Saturday July 6 (Merkur Spiel-Arena, Dusseldorf)

If Scotland finish as one of four best third-placed teams and win round-of-16 game…

One of:

Friday July 5 (MHPArena, Stuttgart)

Friday July 5 (Volksparkstadion, Hamburg)

Saturday July 6 – (Olympiastadion, Berlin)

Semi-finals

If Scotland finish first in Group A, win round-of-16 game and win quarter-final…

Tuesday July 9 – kick-off 8pm (Allianz Arena, Munich)

If England finish second in Group A, win round-of-16 game and win quarter-final…

Wednesday July 10 – kick-off 8pm (Westfalenstadion, Dortmund)

If Scotland finish as one of four best third-placed teams, win round-of-16 game and win quarter-final…

One of:

Tuesday July 9 – kick-off 8pm (Allianz Arena, Munich)

Wednesday July 10 – kick-off 8pm (Westfalenstadion, Dortmund)

And finally, the final…

Sunday July 14 – kick-off 8pm (Olympiastadion, Berlin)

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