2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Qualifiers

Lithuania v Scotland 

LFF Stadium, Lithuania

Friday, 1 September 2017, kick-off 7.45pm


Scotland v Malta 

Hampden Park, Glasgow

Monday, 4 September 2017, kick-off 7.45pm


Gordon Strachan has named his Scotland squad for the vital FIFA World Cup Qualifying double-header against Lithuania and Malta. 

Leigh Griffiths is one of six Celtic players included in the squad after his two majestic free kicks earned Scotland a point against England in their last match. 

Newcastle winger Matt Ritchie and Matt Phillips are recalled after being unfit to feature against England, although West Bromwich Albion midfielder James Morrison misses out due to injury. 

Millwall goalkeeper Jordan Archer earns a first call-up for the senior squad having previously featured for the under-19, under-20 and under-21 squads, while there is a recall for 31-times capped Hibernian right-back Steven Whittaker. 

Scotland will be aiming to build on the momentum gathered in their last two matches and make up for the two points dropped to Lithuania when the teams met at Hampden last year. 


Scotland squad


Jordan Archer (Millwall)

Craig Gordon (Celtic)

Allan McGregor (Hull City)


Ikechi Anya (Derby County)

Christophe Berra (Heart of Midlothian)

Grant Hanley (Newcastle United)

Russell Martin (Norwich City)

Charlie Mulgrew (Blackburn Rovers)

Andrew Robertson (Liverpool)

Kieran Tierney (Celtic)

Steven Whittaker (Hibernian)


Stuart Armstrong (Celtic)

Barry Bannan (Sheffield Wednesday)

Scott Brown (Celtic)

Tom Cairney (Fulham)

Darren Fletcher (Stoke City)

Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth)

James Forrest (Celtic)

James McArthur (Crystal Palace)

John McGinn (Hibernian)

Matt Phillips (West Bromwich Albion)

Matt Ritchie (Newcastle United)

Robert Snodgrass (West Ham United)


Steven Fletcher (Sheffield Wednesday)

Leigh Griffiths (Celtic)

Chris Martin (Derby County)

Steven Naismith (Norwich City)