Scotland boss Clarke brings in uncapped Killie trio
Steve Clarke has named Kilmarnock’s uncapped trio Stuart Findlay, Greg Taylor and Eamonn Brophy in his first squad as Scotland boss.
The 55-year-old was confirmed as the new Tartan Army boss on a three-year deal eight days ago after departing Killie a day earlier at the end of the Scottish Premiership campaign.
And, ahead of Scotland’s Euro 2020 qualifiers against Cyprus and Belgium next month, Clarke has wasted no time in shaking things up in the squad with Findlay, Taylor and Brophy rewarded for their impressive seasons at Rugby Park by being drafted in.
Livingston goalkeeper Liam Kelly and Aberdeen defender Michael Devlin are the other two uncapped players included by Clarke.
‘All the boys deserve to be there,’ said Clarke.
‘People will look at it and probably think, ‘he’s just picking players from Kilmarnock for the sake of it’.
It’s not true.
‘Stephen O’Donnell is an established player at right-back, seven caps.
Stuart Findlay was in the last squad that Alex picked, Stuart has had a great season.
It was a case of promoting Greg up from the very good performances he has had for Scotland Under-21s.
‘Up front I have a lot of injury problems and Eamonn Brophy was an obvious choice for me.
‘ Scotland will host Cyprus at Hampden Park on June 8 before Clarke’s side travel to take on Belgium in Group I three days later.