The Rangers youngsters involved with Scotland U21s had an eye on Nyon, Switzerland, yesterday, as the qualifying draw took place for the UEFA 2021 U21 Championships.
Glenn Middleton and both Robby and Ross McCrorie, featured in recent squads, and should be involved throughout the campaign. With 8 caps at this level, Ross is one of the most experienced members of an ever-changing roster.
Yesterday, Scotland found themselves drawn in Group 4, against less than ideal opposition. Alongside Scot Gemmill’s men are Croatia, Czech Republic, Greece, Lithuania and San Marino.
This combination represents a relatively kind draw on the senior circuit. Yet, Scotland sit comfortably below the first three nations in the U21 rankings.
The task will be an uphill one, as only the group winners are guaranteed to progress.
However, even if qualification is out of reach, the fixtures should provide an opportunity to develop against strong opposition.
The opening game is a gentle introduction to the group, at home to San Marino on 5th September 2019.
The campaign concludes more than a year later, in October 2020, but the pick of the fixtures come in the middle, at home to Greece and Croatia in November next year and March 2020, respectively.
Should Scotland qualify, it would be their first Uefa U21 Championship since 1996.