International Friendly Match
Scotland v Mexico
Friday, 22 March 2019, kick-off 3pm (UK Time)
Dama De Noche, Marbella, Spain

Scotland Under-21s take on Mexico in a friendly clash on Friday in Marbella, and preparations are well under way in the south of Spain. 

Manager Scot Gemmill and his team face the Mexicans in their first game of 2019, before taking on Sweden three days later.

There are a number of familiar faces on the international scene, with the likes of Fraser Hornby and Ross McCrorie retaining their spots in the squad. 

But there are also some new names for Scotland supporters to get excited about, with the likes of Sean Mackie and Jake Hastie working hard in new surroundings this week.

Pre-match thoughts 

One such player who aims to take his international opportunity by the scruff of the neck during his first trip is Barry Maguire.

The Queen of the South defender, on loan from Premiership side Motherwell, could make his debut for Scot Gemmill's Under-21s in Spain. 

The centre-back, who is equally adept in the middle of the park, is joined by three other Steelmen in the shapes of Allan Campbell, David Turnbull and Jake Hastie. 

And Maguire admits it has helped make the transition to international football that bit smoother. 

"Having three of my close mates around me has certainly been a good thing for me," the 20-year-old said. "To be honest though, the whole group have been great - it's made the experience even better so far."

The youngster has made seven appearances for the Doonhamers since making the switch on loan during the January window, scoring against league leaders Ross County on his first start for Gary Naysmith's men. 

And his performances have led to a call-up for the Under-21s fixtures against Mexico and Sweden - and Maguire intends to take his opportunity. 

He said: “I'm just focussing on working hard this week to try and be in the team, first and foremost. 

"Getting first team football for Queen of the South has helped me and I know I still have a lot to learn, but for games like these and trips like this one, I know I can take a lot from them. 

"The biggest thing I'm guaranteed to take from this is a hunger to push on. When I got the call-up to be a part of the squad it gave me confidence that my performances in the Championship were putting me on the right path. 

"Now, to be out here representing my country is something I'm so proud to be doing, and I’m grateful to the manager and the coaching staff for giving me this chance - I just need to be sure I take it. I know I'm ready to."

Scotland Under-21 Squad

Goalkeepers
Ross Doohan (Ayr United) 1
Robby McCrorie (Greenock Morton) 2
Kieran Wright (Rangers)

Defenders
Jamie Brandon (Heart of Midlothian) 
Daniel Harvie (Ayr United)
George Johnston (Liverpool)
Sean Mackie (Hibernian)
Barry Maguire (Queen of the South) 3
Ross McCrorie (Rangers)
Patrick Reading (Middlesbrough)
Iain Wilson (Queen of the South) 4

Midfielders
Alan Campbell (Motherwell)
Lewis Ferguson (Aberdeen)
Jordan Holsgrove (Reading)
Kyle McAllister (Derby on loan to St Mirren) 5
Calvin Miller (Ayr United) 1
David Turnbull (Motherwell)

Forwards
Jake Hastie (Motherwell)
Fraser Hornby (Everton)
Ben House (Swindon Town) 6
Michael Johnston (Celtic)
Oli Shaw (Hibernian)

1 on loan from Celtic
2 on loan from Rangers
3 on loan from Motherwell
4 on loan from Kilmarnock
5 on loan from Derby County
6 on loan from Reading

Withdrawn from original squad:
Connor McLennan (Aberdeen)
Callumn Morrison (Heart of Midlothian)