Scotland will go up against Albania and Israel in their UEFA Nations League group.

Scotland UEFA Nations League Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide

Scotland are in a group alongside Albania and Israel so should top their group however Alex McLeish has been handed an injury concern with Fulham midfielder Tom Cairney withdrawing through injury. Interestingly Robert Snodgrass and James McArthur have also been omitted from the squad.

Coach Alex McLeish said; “I had a good conversation with James McArthur and he is opting out because he has had issues with his body, he is at a stage of his career where players tend to know what they need much more.

“That was a bit of a blow because James has been in good form over the last couple of years. He has been very steady and makes it looks ­effortless at times.

“I had a chat with Snoddy and he wanted to wait and see before he really committed himself to come back in.”

Scotland begin their campaign against Albania on the 10th of September.

John McGinn of Aston Villa will anchor the Scottish midfield (Getty Images)

The Coach

Alex McLeish, age 59, (21.01.1959)

McLeish has only been manager for Scotland since February 2018 after a disastrous period with Zamalek in the Egyptian Premier League. He will be looking to improve on his Scotland record too after winning only one of his first four games.

Scotland manager Alex McLeish (Getty Images)

Scotland UEFA Nations League Group

Scotland are in League C, Group 1 alongside Albania and Israel.

(UEFA)

Scotland UEFA Nations League Fixtures

10/09/2018 Monday 20:45 C1 Scotland 2 vs Albania 0
11/10/2018 Thursday 20:45 C1 Israel 2 vs Scotland 1
17/11/2018 Saturday 20:45 C1 Albania vs Scotland
20/11/2018 Tuesday 20:45 C1 Scotland vs Israel

Scotland UEFA Nations League Squad

Scotland Nations League Squad:

GOALKEEPERS: Allan McGregor (Rangers), Craig Gordon (Celtic), Jon McLaughlin (Sunderland)

DEFENDERS: Charlie Mulgrew (Blackburn Rovers), Scott McKenna (Aberdeen), John Souttar (Hearts), Kieran Tierney (Celtic), Graeme Shinnie (Aberdeen), Jack Hendry (Celtic), Stephen O’Donnell (Kilmarnock), Andy Robertson (Liverpool)

MIDFIELDERS: James Forrest (Celtic), Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth), Kevin McDonald (Fulham), Callum McGregor (Celtic), Stuart Armstrong (Southampton), John McGinn (Aston Villa), Scott McTominay (Manchester United), Robert Snodgrass (West Ham United)

FORWARDS: Steven Naismith (Hearts, on loan from Norwich), Oliver McBurnie (Swansea City), Leigh Griffiths (Celtic), Johnny Russell (Sporting Kansas City)

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