Gemmill explains new-look Scotland U21 squad

Scot Gemmill named his Scotland Under-21 squad at Hampden Park
Scot Gemmill named his Scotland Under-21 squad at Hampden Park
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Scot Gemmill named his first Scotland Under-21 squad today but left out Capital players Sam Nicholson, John Souttar and Jason Cummings.

Instead, a raft of younger players were given the chance to bed themselves in at international level after excelling for Gemmill with Scotland Under-17s.

Players like striker Craig Wighton of Dundee, Celtic midfielder Aidan Nesbitt and the Reading defender Jake Sheppard helped Scotland reached the European Under-17 Championship finals in 2014.

They have now been promoted to the Under-21s. The young Scots cannot qualify for next summer's European Under-21 Championship finals in Poland. Gemmill, who recently replaced Ricky Sbragia as Under-21 coach, wants to blood younger players who are eligible for the next campaign starting next year.

"I felt it was important to give our younger players a head start at this level," he said. "We have very exciting young players coming through and this is an opportunity for them to test themselves at a very high level."

Squad: Goalkeepers: Ryan Fulton (Liverpool, on loan to Chesterfield); Mark Hurst (St Johnstone, on loan to East Fife). Defenders: Kyle Cameron (Newcastle United, on loan to Newport County); Alex Iacovitti (Nottingham Forest, on loan to Mansfield Town); Zak Jules (Reading); Jordan McGhee (Heart of Midlothian, on loan to Middlesbrough); Jake Sheppard (Reading); Liam Smith (Heart of Midlothian, on loan to Raith Rovers). Midfielders: Chris Cadden (Motherwell); Greg Docherty (Hamilton Academical); Liam Henderson (Celtic); James Jones (Crewe Alexandra); Aidan Nesbitt (Celtic, on loan to Greenock Morton); Ruben Sammut (Chelsea); Craig Storie (Aberdeen). Forwards: Ryan Hardie (Rangers, on loan to St Mirren); Oliver McBurnie (Swansea City); Craig Wighton (Dundee).