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Euros: All-time Scotland XI

As Steve Clarke's Scotland gear up for the Euros finals in Germany, we assemble an all-time XI from the nation's previous three stints at the tournament - 1992, 1996 and 2020.

Although yet to navigate through the group stages of the famous competition, with one particularly near miss in England in 1996 when exiting on Goals For, Scotland have still had their fair share of memorable moments at the Euros.

We take a look back at Scotland's history in the tournament to piece together a formidable looking XI...

Our fantasy Scotland team lines up in a 5-3-2 formation:

GK: Andy Goram

Scotland's number one goalkeeper at both Euro 1992 and Euro 1996, Rangers legend Andy Goram was an inspirational figure between the sticks for his country.

Nicknamed "The Goalie", Goram was somewhat of a maverick character with a ferocious will to win, and when at the top of his game was seemingly capable of keeping out the opposition on his own.

Capped 43 times in total for Scotland, Goram delivered a memorable performance for Craig Brown's side in their 1-0 win over Switzerland at Euro 1996, making a plethora of important stops including a tremendous save from a Kubilay Turkyilmaz header with under 10 minutes remaining.

RWB: Stewart McKimmie

A legendary figure at Aberdeen, Stewart McKimmie was Scotland's preferred right-back at Euro 92 in Sweden and Euro 96 in England, making six appearances at the tournament in total as the Scots failed to progress through the group stages on both occasions.

Receiving a total of 40 caps for his country between 1989 and 1996, McKimmie was a dependable all-round footballer who provided both tenacity defensively and limitless energy going forward from full-back.

RCB: Richard Gough

Having been born in Stockholm, Sweden in April 1962, Richard Gough would go on to captain Scotland in the country of his birth thirty years later at the Euro 92 finals.

Rangers' skipper at the time, Gough played all 270 minutes of Scotland's three matches at the tournament - against the Netherlands, Germany and CIS - but Andy Roxburgh's charges were eliminated in the group stages having lost to both the Dutch and Germans.

One of the finest defenders Scotland has ever produced, with a robust aggression in duels married with a clever football brain, Gough played 61 times for his country before his international career was ended prematurely after disagreements with Roxburgh and his successor Craig Brown.

CB: Colin Hendry

A latecomer on the international scene, making his debut for Scotland aged 27 in 1993, Colin Hendry would go on to make 51 appearances for his country across eight years.

Having won the Premier League title with Blackburn Rovers in the 1994/95 season, Hendry was an important member of Scotland's Euro 96 squad in England, playing in all three group stage matches as Craig Brown's side agonisingly missed out on qualification to the knockout rounds on Goals For.

Although a member of a Scotland backline which was able to impressively keep a clean sheet against both the Netherlands and Switzerland, Hendry's undeniably most famous moment at the Euros would come at his own misfortune - as Paul Gascoigne lifted the ball over his head to fire in one of the tournament's all-time great goals for England at Wembley.

LCB - Kieran Tierney

One of the most talented Scottish players of his generation, Kieran Tierney's unique skillset has made him a perfect fit on the left-hand side of current Scotland manager Steve Clarke's preferred formation, with skipper Andy Robertson utilised on his outside as a wing-back.

With outstanding one-v-one defensive ability and the capacity to provide Scotland with an added dimension when rampaging forward to support attacks, Tierney and Robertson have grown to complement each other's games brilliantly under Clarke's stewardship.

A shock late absentee for Scotland's opening game at the Euro 2020 finals against Czech Republic at Hampden through injury, with Clarke's charges out of sorts in a 2-0 defeat, Tierney's return to the starting XI for the second group match against England helped inspire the team to a dogged 0-0 draw against the 'Auld Enemy' at Wembley.

LWB: Andy Robertson

Alongside Tierney goes his teammate and current Scotland captain Andy Robertson, with the Liverpool star skippering his country at the Euro 2020 finals.

Arguably Scotland's best player in what unfolded into a pretty forgettable tournament for Steve Clarke's side, who exited the competition with a solitary point from their three group stage matches against the Czech Republic, England and Croatia, Robertson was able to showcase his unrelenting stamina and crossing ability during the finals.

Robertson's average of three chances created per match was only bettered by two players during the group stages of Euro 2020 - Belgium's Kevin De Bruyne (3.3) and Italy's Marco Verratti (4.5).

CM: Paul McStay

The quintessential one club man at Celtic, third on the club's all-time appearances list on a staggering 678, Paul McStay was also a terrific servant for the Scotland national team who he received 76 caps for between 1983 and 1997.

Nicknamed 'The Maestro', McStay was a complete midfielder with an all-encompassing range of attributes, able to act a playmaker whilst also posing a considerable goal threat.

Born in Hamilton, McStay will forever go down as the scorer of Scotland's first ever goal in a Euros finals - opening the scoring in Andy Roxburgh's side's 3-0 win over the CIS in 1992 in the seventh minute with a powerful strike from the edge of the box.

CM: Stuart McCall

One of a select band of Scots to represent the country at both Euro 92 and Euro 96, Leeds-born Stuart McCall started all six group stage matches across both tournaments.

Eligible to play for Scotland through his father, McCall was an all-action, tigerish midfielder who would support both defence and attack with a tireless work ethic.

A member of Rangers' distinguished nine-in-a-row side of the 90s, McCall amassed a total of 40 international caps for Scotland between 1990 and 1998.

CM: Gary McAllister

Another player who was an integral part of the Scotland setup at both Euro 92 and Euro 96, Gary McAllister was one of the most technically gifted Scottish footballers of his time, and captained his country at the 1996 finals in England.

Spending the majority of his professional career south of the border at English clubs such as Leicester City, Leeds Utd, Coventry City and Liverpool, McAllister was a midfielder with a mixture of technical excellence and typical Scottish dig and endeavour.

Netting an 84th-minute penalty in a 3-0 win for Scotland over the CIS at Euro 92, McAllister would suffer heartache from the spot in a crunch encounter against England at Wembley four years later in the 1992 finals. with David Seaman keeping out his tame effort from 12 yards just one minute before Gazza's famous goal sealed a memorable victory for Terry Venables' men.

ST: Gordon Durie

Although not the most skilful forward to have represented his country, Gordon 'Jukebox' Durie was a perpetual pain in the proverbial for opposition defenders throughout his career with his aggression and direct style, playing 43 times for Scotland including outings at both Euro 92 and Euro 96.

A trusty and effective strike partner of Ally McCoist for both club and country, Durie was one of Scotland's best performers at Euro 96, winning the penalty at Wembley which was infamously missed by Gary McAllister in the classic meeting with England after beating Tony Adams to the ball.

Prior to winning a plethora of trophies for Rangers during the 90s, Durie had earned a respected name for himself in English football during spells at Chelsea and Tottenham.

ST: Ally McCoist

A natural born goalscorer, Rangers icon Ally McCoist was the scorer of arguably Scotland's most memorable Euros goal against Switzerland at Villa Park in 1996, arrowing in a thunderous strike from the edge of the box in a 1-0 win for the Scots after being teed up by skipper Gary McAllister.

Notching 19 goals in 61 caps for his country, McCoist was a striker whose game revolved around his knack of being in the right place at the right time and ruthless finishing ability.

A two-time winner of the European Golden Shoe in 1991/92 and 1992/93 with 34 goals in both seasons, McCoist remains Rangers' all-time top scorer to this day with 355 to his name across 581 appearances.

Full Scotland All-time Euros XI (5-3-2): Goram, McKimmie, Gough, Hendry, Tierney, Robertson, McStay, McCall, McAllister, Durie, McCoist.

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