Grant Hanley will miss Scotland’s final two Euro Cup 2020 qualifiers in November after surgery. The English Premier League club expects Hanley 27, to be out for seven to eight weeks after a groin operation.
The 29-times capped center-back has been sidelined since suffering the injury in late August and has missed Scotland’s entire qualifying campaign. Steve Clarke’s sideways Cyprus on days of arrival Scotland can no longer play with a semi-final play-off in March. Football fans can book Football Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.
Teenage Chelsea midfielder Billy Gilmour says it would be a dream come true to play for the senior Scotland national team. Gilmour, 18, made his debut for the English Premier League side in August and is training with the first team. He has appeared 11 times for Scot Gemmill Scotland Under-21 side and is eager to make the step up.
“I’m still young and I need to keep working hard,” he told BBC Scotland.
“At Chelsea, I’m training with the first team and I’ve made a couple of appearances, so it can only get better if I keep going the way I’ve been.”
Gilmour, who left Rangers for Chelsea in July 2017, has also represented Scotland at under-17 and under-19 level. He signed his first contract with the United States in the first league against Frank Lampard.
“The night before, the gaffer kept asking if my family was coming down and saying make sure they come,” Gilmour said.
“We were 2-0 up and I’m thinking ‘this could be a good goal when it was 2-1 when I came on.
“It finished 2-2, which was not the result I hoped for, but it made my dream come true in the Premier League.”
Gilmour is now ready for you. However, given the players he is competing with at Chelsea he appreciates those minutes may come elsewhere.
“I need to play more first-team games, at Chelsea or maybe out on loan,” he added. “I need to get more experience.”
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