International Friendly Match
Scotland v Sweden
Monday, 25 March 2019, kick-off 11:30am (UK Time)
Marbella Football Centre, Marbella, Spain

Scotland Under-21s face Sweden in the final friendly match of their trip to the south of Spain.

And after Friday's goalless draw with Mexico, the youngsters will be looking to build on the strong foundations they put in place at Dama de Noche, as they kept a strong Mexican side at bay. 

At one end of the pitch, Mikey Johnston's injury-time penalty capped off a dramatic end to the game, but at the other, the youngsters stuck to their shape well and kept their opponent's quiet.

With Sweden up next, Scot Gemmill's side will need to be just as strong defensively at the Marbella Football Centre on Monday.

Pre-match thoughts 

George Johnston ended the match with the captain's armband, and his display at the back showed all the signs of a true leader.

The Liverpool defender knows to expect a difficult fixture against the Swede's on Monday, but he is relishing the chance to impress on the international scene.

He said: "We took a lot of positives from that performance against Mexico on Friday, hopefully we can take that in to another tough test against Sweden.

"The whole team defended to be honest, we were really organised and compact and it meant we could restrict Mexico and only allow them to do the things we wanted them to. 

The centre-back ended the clash against Mexico with the captains armband after Ross McCrorie was substituted, and looked confident throughout the 90-minutes.

"It was a special moment for me to get the armband," he said. "It's special to play for Scotland as it is, but that just made it extra special for me."

He added: "Playing international football and playing under the manager has been a different style of play from what I'm used to at Liverpool, but it's valuable experience for me and hopefully it'll help me in my future."

The youngster also revealed that Liverpool teammate and Scotland captain Andy Robertson is someone he hopes to learn from.

The 20-year-old said: "You just have to look and see that he's the Scotland captain and starting every week in the first team at Liverpool, so he's definitely someone I can look up to and learn a lot from."

Scotland Under-21 Squad

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

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

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

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)