Brian McLaughlin has named his latest Scotland Under-17 squad for three International Challenge Matches as he steps up his preparations for the Euros Elite Round qualifying stage.

The young Scots – featuring 14 Scottish FA JD Performance School participants – will travel to Spain on February 8 ahead of games against France, Poland and Spain.

McLaughlin’s youngsters reached the Elite Round on the back of an unbeaten trip to Estonia – with wins over the hosts and Andorra alongside a draw with Denmark.

The final qualification hurdle for a place in the England-based finals lies in wait in March, with Germany, hosts Greece and Norway providing the opposition.

The group features Heart of Midlothian defender Chris Hamilton, who was one of a number of development players taken by the club to Valencia for their winter training break.

His Tynecastle team-mates Anthony McDonald and Harry Cochrane are notable absentees but McLaughlin was happy to explain the absence of the Performance School graduate pair who have made such an impact in maroon this season.

Harry Cochrane

He said: “I’m looking forward to getting together with the players and staff.

“It’s gives us a great chance to see where we are ahead of the Elite Round.

“We’re playing three of the top ten teams in the world and we’re doing so without a couple of players because of their first-team commitments.

“On this occasion I think that’s fantastic because it reflects their progress with Hearts and we enjoy a good relationship with the club.

“Regardless of who is and isn’t going, we’ll look to play our way.”


Scotland v Poland, Saturday 10 February, kick-off 4pm (local time), Estadio La Linea, Cadiz

Scotland v Spain, Tuesday 13 February, kick-off 5pm (local time), Marbella Football Center, Marbella

Scotland v France, Thursday 15 February, kick-off 11am (local time), TBC

Scotland Squad


Ryan Mullen (Celtic)

Archie Mair (Aberdeen) PS


Taylor Wilson (Hamilton) PS

Nathan Patterson (Rangers) PS

Chris Hamilton (Heart of Midlothian) PS

Kane O’Connor (Hibernian)

Jack Armer (Preston North End)

Lewis Gordon (Watford)


Dean Campbell (Aberdeen) PS

Ethan Erhahon (St Mirren) PS

Billy Gilmour (Chelsea) PS

Terry Taylor (Wolverhampton Wanderers) PS

Ethan Ross (Aberdeen) PS


Jamie Semple (Motherwell) PS

Adedapo Mebude (Rangers) PS

Connor McBride (Falkirk) PS

Joshua McPake (Rangers) PS

Aaron Pressley (Aston Villa)

Aidan Fitzpatrick (Partick Thistle)

Marc Leonard (Heart of Midlothian) PS

PS - denotes Performance School player