UEFA Under 21 Championship Qualifiers
SCOTLAND v France
Saturday 10th October 2015, kick-off 3 pm
Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
SCOTLAND v Iceland
Tuesday 13th October 2015, kick-off 5.45 pm
Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
Ricky Sbragia has announced a 23-player squad for Scotland’s forthcoming UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying matches against France and Iceland at Pittodrie Stadium next month.
Dominic Hyam and Craig Slater are the only new faces from the squad that beat Northern Ireland last month in their Group 3 opener. Ricky said he was keen to keep the momentum running from that 2-1 win:
"I thought it’d be unfair to change things around too much. Over in Northern Ireland they were excellent so it’d be a bit hard done if anyone was left out.
"It’s a difficult group. Everyone talks about France and Iceland but Ukraine and Macedonia are difficult teams to play too. We’ve got to have a belief we can get something from it. I think we go in there wholeheartedly. How the first 4 games go should give us an idea of how the group is panning out and what we need.
"France are exceptional but we’ve got to go into the game with belief and think we have a good chance."
Former Aberdeen winger Ryan Fraser has been included in the squad as he gets set to make his return to the north-east following his move to English Premiership side Bournemouth in 2013.
The 21-year-old, who netted the winning goal in Scotland’s 2-1 win over Northern Ireland earlier this month, is enjoying a loan spell in the English Championship with Ipswich Town and was recently named the Football League Young Player of the Month for August. Manager Ricky Sbragia is excited by the potential shown by Fraser and his fellow Ryans: Christie and Gauld.
Ricky said: "They are exceptional players and three very different players with different personalities. As a team I can only remark on what I saw in Northern Ireland and during the 90mins they were very good. They have a great relationship but as individuals they are very different off the field."
Scotland team to play France and Iceland
Ryan Fulton (Liverpool)
Jack Hamilton (Heart of Midlothian)
Jonathan Henly (Ipswich Town)
Stuart Findlay (Celtic – on loan at Kilmarnock)
Stephen Hendrie (West Ham United)
Dominic Hyam (Reading)
Donald Love (Manchester United)
Callum McFadzean (Sheffield United)
Jordan McGhee (Heart of Midlothian)
Callum Paterson (Heart of Midlothian)
Jay Fulton (Swansea City – on loan at Oldham Athletic)
John McGinn (Hibernian)
Craig Slater (Kilmarnock)
John Souttar (Dundee United)
Charlie Telfer (Dundee United)
Ryan Christie (Celtic – on loan at Inverness Caledonian Thistle)
Jason Cummings (Hibernian)
Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth – on loan at Ipswich Town)
Ryan Gauld (Sporting Clube de Portugal)
Billy King (Heart of Midlothian)
Declan McManus (Fleetwood Town)
Sam Nicholson (Heart of Midlothian)
Lawrence Shankland (Aberdeen – on loan at St Mirren)
Both of Scotland’s matches will be held at Pittodrie Stadium and pre-sale tickets are priced at just £5 adults and £2 for kids.
Supporters can also take advantage of a youth group offer enabling 5 adults and 20 kids entry for only £30 (offer ends Friday, 2 October at 5pm).
CLICK HERE for full details of how to secure your tickets or call the Aberdeen FC Ticket Office on 01224 631 903.