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5 Scotland Euro 2024 hopefuls who looked to take their chance in Gibraltar run out

It may not have been the most inspiring Scotland performance of all time this evening, but the minutes in the legs was the most important thing.

Steve Clarke's side, on paper, squeezed past Gibraltar in a 2-0 win in Faro but the stats were more flattering to our hosts as the Tartan outfit squandered so many chances, particularly in the first-half. It was a scoreless first-45 before Ryan Christie and then Che Adams took their opportunities after the break to win the game.

Clarke tweaked his style a bit to go with a back four and he handed starting spots to one or two who perhaps might not have expected to be given a run.

Football Scotland kept a close eye on the squad this evening and picked out five players who did their chances of making the plane to Germany no harm despite a relatively quiet night, all things considered.

Ryan Porteous

The centre-half has come from behind to become a Scotland starter as he starts nowadays ahead of the likes of Liam Cooper, Jack Hendry and Scott McKenna. He did so again tonight and was composed and clever in his reading of the game. Might've scored on another night, but he's put himself in with a shout of starting vs Germany.

Ross McCrorie

His first start in the dark blue of Scotland and he showed up well from the right-hand side. The Bristol City defender has had a good season down south in general but his confidence levels will have been boosted further from this outing as he looked more than capable of playing for his country. The competition will go up, but he looked comfortable.

Zander Clark

Was not expected to play from the start here with Angus Gunn and Craig Gordon both on the bench but the fact he was given 90 minutes - and had little to nothing to do - meant a clean sheet and an easy-peasy outing for the Hearts goalie.

Che Adams

With no Lyndon Dykes in the squad anymore due to injury, Adams might've been a tad worried to see Lawrence Shankland leading the line from the start. Is that a sign from Clarke about his plans for the future? Who knows. But for now, it was the Southampton striker who scored, not the prolific Jambo, and that keeps the 27-year-old in the hunt for a starting spot in the competition. Took his goal magnificently well.

James Forrest

Not a lot to be said for the winger that hasn't already been said in the last few weeks. His Celtic form towards the end of the season kept him in contention for Scotland and he played the majority of this one and looked dangerous. Maybe his decision making wasn't always 100 percent, but he was busy, fast, sharp and looked good until he was replaced. Shouldn't be missing from the 26-man squad when it's confirmed on Friday.