This summer’s European Championships will be a different tournament to usual ones we’ve seen in the past – and not just because Scotland are among the teams for the first time in 25 years.
With more teams than before and spread around the entire continent rather than limited to one or two host countries, the special 60th anniversary edition of the tournament is a little bit different – it’s also called Euro 2020 and being held in 2021 too.
There will be fewer fans than usual at the tournament too but another key change, however, is participating nations will be allowed to take 26 players as part of their squad, rather than the usual 23.
But with extra space opening in Steve Clarke’s squad, who will be the lucky few to benefit from the move?
We’ve picked out the fringe players who might have an eye of sneaking into one of the recently opened up spots and forcing their selection.
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1. Zander Clark
Let's start with the man of the moment. While it's unlikely that Clarke would use the additional space to add a fourth goalkeeper, his namesake is hitting peak form at an ideal time after a decent season with silverware at St Johnstone. Could he rival Jon McLaughlin for the third place?
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2. Ryan Gauld
And on the subject of in-form players - here's one operating out of the spotlight but impressively nonetheless. Gauld was Player of the Year in Portugal last year, and has been among the goals and eye-catching assists this term with Farense... yet has been a glaring omission in squads to this point.
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3. Lawrence Shankland
Picked for the national side despite playing in the second tier, Shankland was still part of things while enduring a barren beginning to this season. However he has found his form recently - just as he has missed out on Steve Clarke's squad for the World Cup qualifiers. So has it all to do to force his way back in...
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4. Kevin Nisbet
But in his way is Kevin Nisbet, who took Shankland's squad place in the most recent international break and got on the Hampden pitch for his debut against the Faroe Islands. It's perhaps his place to lose having been involved last month, but the additional spaces might allow the manager to take both young strikers.
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