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City trio make Euro2024 cut



Gunn and Hanley started the final warm up friendly against Finland on Friday, with McLean an unused substitute, before head coach Steve Clarke had to confirm his final 26.

Experienced keeper Craig Gordon, who replaced Gunn in the second half of the 2-2 draw for his 75th cap, and John Souttar were the players to miss out.

Scotland open the tournament on Friday against hosts Germany in Bayern Munich’s Allianz Arena.

“It was a really tough conversation with Craig, it was quite emotional to be honest – for both of us,” said Clarke. “But the mark of the man is he was here tonight (Friday). At the end of the conversation I said ‘I understand if you don’t like me and don’t want to do this, but I would like to give you the 75th cap in front of a good crowd’.

“I could have done it against Gibraltar (on Monday), but I wanted to do it here at Hampden and the mark of the man, an hour later he was down having dinner with the lads. A great professional.

“At the end of the game we gave him a little reward signed by all the lads, Gordon 75 on the back of his jersey, and as I was giving him it I said ‘I know Craig will throw this back in my face and say 76, 77, 78, 79, 80 are coming’.”

Asked how Souttar took the news, Clarke added: “Also emotional. It is really difficult for you people to imagine how difficult it is to sit down with people who have always given their best for their country when I have selected them, to get so close.

“I think they understand how difficult it is for me and I really understand how difficult it is for them.”

Hanley played 79 minutes on his second consecutive start for his country this week and his 50th cap, as he sought to prove his fitness following an injury-wrecked domestic season for the Canaries.

Gunn kept a clean sheet in his 69-minute outing, with Scotland leading 2-0 through an Arttu Hoskonen own goal and Lewis Shankland, when he made way for Gordon’s landmark.

But Teemu Pukki’s Finland hit back when substitute Benjamin Kallman – a former Dundee player – reduced the deficit with a header in the 72nd minute before fellow substitute Oliver Antman levelled from the spot after Gordon conceded the penalty with a challenge on Tomas Galvez.

Pukki was denied by his old City team mate Gunn in a bright start from the visitors at Hampden after Kieran Tierney had blocked a goal-bound shot from Casper Terho.

Pukki spurned another chance in the 16th minute with a lob that cleared the bar from 14 yards, while at the other end Shankland hooked a shot over the bar from the edge of the box.

The home side were almost caught by a counter-attack in the 35th minute but this time Terho’s shot was saved by Gunn.

Billy Gilmour’s drive from the edge of the box early in the second half was well saved by Finland substitute keeper Viljami Sinisalo.

Tierney sent captain Andy Robertson racing down the left flank and his pass into the centre was intercepted by Hoskonen, with the ball speeding past Sinisalo.

Then Robertson’s cross to the back post was brilliantly headed in by the off-balance Shankland before Finland hit back in the final stages.

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