Scotland: Liverpool full-back Andy Robertson to miss Kazakhstan game

By Brian McLauchlinBBC Scotland in Astana
Andy Robertson
Andy Robertson has amassed 28 caps for Scotland
Euro 2020 qualifying: Kazakhstan v Scotland
Venue: Astana Arena Date: Thursday, 21 March Kick-off: 15:00 GMT
Coverage: Listen on BBC Radio Scotland 810MW/DAB/online; live text commentary on the BBC Sport website; watch highlights on BBC Scotland

Scotland captain Andy Robertson has been ruled out of Thursday's opening Euro 2020 qualifier in Kazakhstan.

The Liverpool defender had stayed behind in Glasgow when the squad left on Sunday night to have an operation on an abscess in his mouth.

He had hoped to meet his team-mates in Astana, but will instead join them for Scotland's second match in San Marino on Sunday.

It means Celtic defender Kieran Tierney is likely to deputise at left-back.

Jordan Archer, Barry Bannan and Charlie Mulgrew had already withdrawn from Alex McLeish's squad, with Liam Kelly and Stuart Findlay called up.

Livingston goalkeeper Kelly and Kilmarnock defender Findlay are both yet to win a cap for their country.

Cardiff City's Callum Paterson and Ryan Fraser of Bournemouth will also not be involved in Astana due to concerns over the artificial surface.

Scotland squad

Goalkeepers: Scott Bain (Celtic), Liam Kelly (Livingston), Jon McLaughlin (Sunderland)

Defenders: David Bates (Hamburg), Stuart Findlay (Kilmarnock), Scott McKenna (Aberdeen), Stephen O'Donnell (Kilmarnock), Liam Palmer (Sheffield Wednesday), *Andy Robertson (Liverpool), John Souttar (Hearts), Kieran Tierney (Celtic).

Midfielders: Stuart Armstrong (Southampton), John Fleck (Sheffield United), John McGinn (Aston Villa), Callum McGregor (Celtic), Kenny McLean (Norwich City), Scott McTominay (Manchester United), *Callum Paterson (Cardiff City), Graeme Shinnie (Aberdeen).

Forwards: Oliver Burke (Celtic), Oli McBurnie (Swansea City), James Forrest (Celtic), *Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth), Marc McNulty (Hibernian), Lewis Morgan (Sunderland), Johnny Russell (Kansas City).

*Not available for Kazakhstan game

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