Steve Clarke makes additions to Scotland squad after David Turnbull withdrawal

Scotland manager Steve Clarke has been forced to make two additions to his squad for the games against Ireland and Ukraine after Celtic’s David Turnbull was forced to withdraw. Eyebrows were raised when the team sheet came out against Ukraine on Wednesday and the midfielder was not included on the bench.

It was later clarified that Turnbull had picked up a knock for Celtic and that this hadn’t improved in the camp so he was forced back to Lennoxtown for treatment. Clarke was forced to substitute Nathan Patterson off in Wednesday night’s win, replacing him with Aaron Hickey who was mightily impressive.

Clarke has decided to call up Declan Gallagher from St Mirren and Josh Doig from Hellas Verona. Gallagher has often been around the Scotland squads in the past but you would have expected a midfielder to be called up given the attacking midfielder dropped out.

Tony Ralston will look to provide cover with Patterson dropping out; however, Hickey will almost certainly start against Ireland at Hampden on Saturday. Ange Postecoglou will hope that Turnbull can get himself fit again after this period on the sidelines, he is a player that can influence games for Celtic but not if he is in the stands.

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