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Dalglish urges Gerrard to sign more Scottish players

Thu 27 May 2021 | 5:00

Ending their Scottish Premiership campaign without a defeat, Steven Gerrard elevated Rangers to a team that finished the season with a remarkable record of 102 points from 38 matches.

However, in their history-making squad that went on to win the league title for the first time in a decade, Jon McLaughlin and Nathan Patterson were the only Rangers players who have been named in Scotland's Euro 2020 squad, compared to five from Glasgow rivals Celtic.

Scotland’s legend, Sir Kenny Dalglish, is delighted to see Steve Clarke's side packed with Premier League experience with Liverpool’s Andy Robertson, Manchester United Scott McTominay, and Aston Villa's John McGinn.

However, he likes to see a greater representation from Rangers. He said: "The stronger the depth of the squad, the better chance you have of being successful.

"The players now, there are four or five who are first choices in the Premier League. It's a while since we've had that and that's good going forward.

"Steven Gerrard could do with signing another couple of Scottish players to get them in the Rangers team - that might improve their performances as well.

"Steven's got a few English and foreign players in there which doesn't help us and they're the best team in Scotland by far at the moment.

"But in saying that, Celtic still have a couple of boys playing for Scotland.

"They're playing at a higher level, I think, although this year has been difficult for them. It all looks pretty promising but we've got a really, really difficult section. Just to be there, as long as we can compete, I'm sure we'll get satisfaction.

"Stevie Clarke has done a fantastic job. The squad that he's getting to pick from is getting stronger and deeper the longer we go on.

"There are more boys playing at the top level in the Premier League in England than what there was before when he came in.

"I think we're heading positively in the right direction."

 

Dalglish then went on to tip Southampton’s Che Adams to be a Euro 2020 star for Scotland. He added: "I think it's important to get someone who can score goals. Getting Che Adams into the squad is a brilliant bonus for us.

"The boy worked his socks off in the games he had.

"He'll enjoy it even better when the crowds get back in and get right behind him.

"It's a difficult position to fill, striker. There aren't too many about. Not too many are born in Scotland and you can't manufacture one.

"We're grateful for him coming in and I'm sure he'll be an asset."

 

Scotland will host both the Czech Republic and Croatia at Hampden in between a trip to Wembley to face England. The Scots fancy their chances of qualifying for the second round as three of the four teams in Group D will potentially qualify.

But Dalglish cautioned: "It's a great opportunity until you mention who we've got to play. Croatia beat England in the semi-final at the last World Cup and then you've got England who aren't too shabby either.

"If you can get past those, then you've got a chance.

"What do you think the other sides will be saying about Scotland? They'll be going 'Och, we're alright, this will be a doddle, we'll beat them.'

"You don't think England will be saying 'We'll beat them?' I've not seen or heard an England player say, 'That's a hard game for us'.

"I don't think they'll underestimate us, but they'll still be confident of beating us. Just let's hope that confidence turns into complacency and gives us a better chance."

 


source: Sky Sports