Christie called up for Scotland's World Cup play-offs

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Ryan Christie has already joined up with the National side in a bid for extra prep (Pic: Richard Crease)
Ryan Christie has already joined up with the National side in a bid for extra prep (Pic: Richard Crease)

RYAN Christie has been selected in Scotland’s squad for their crunch World-Cup play-offs.

The Scots are two wins away from a first World Cup in 24 years, with their last visit to the finals coming in 1998.

Cherries star Christie will need to beat Ukraine in the semi-final to set up a clash with teammates Kieffer Moore and Chris Mepham, with Wales already qualified for the final.

The former Celtic man had returned to Scotland well in advance of the announcement, with Christie involved in an extra-training camp as the Scots ramp up preparations for the crucial fixtures.

Scotland could potentially play five fixtures in June if they reach the final, with three Nations League fixtures also scheduled.

They host Armenia at Hampden on Wednesday, June 8, before travelling to neighbours Ireland on Saturday, June 11. They will end their run of games away in Armenia on Tuesday, June 14.

Scotland squad

Goalkeepers: Zander Clark (St Johnstone), Craig Gordon (Heart of Midlothian), Liam Kelly (Motherwell), David Marshall (Queens Park Rangers)

Defenders: Liam Cooper (Leeds United), Grant Hanley (Norwich City), Jack Hendry (Club Brugge KV), Aaron Hickey (Bologna FC), Scott McKenna (Nottingham Forrest), Stephen O’Donnell (Motherwell), Nathan Patterson (Everton), Anthony Ralston (Celtic), Andy Robertson (Liverpool), John Souttar (Heart of Midlothian), Greg Taylor (Celtic)

Midfielders: Stuart Armstrong (Southampton), Lewis Ferguson (Aberdeen), Billy Gilmour (Chelsea), Ryan Jack (Rangers), John McGinn (Aston Villa), Callum McGregor (Celtic), Scott McTominay (Manchester United), David Turnbull (Celtic)

Forwards: Che Adams (Southampton), Jacob Brown (Stoke City), Ryan Christie (Cherries), Lyndon Dykes (Queens Park Rangers), Ross Stewart (Sunderland)

Fixtures:

FIFA World Cup Play-off Semi-final
Scotland v Ukraine
Hampden Park, Glasgow
Wednesday, 1 June 2022, kick-off 7.45pm

FIFA World Cup Play-off Final (TBC)
Wales v Scotland or Ukraine
Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff
Sunday, 5 June 2022, kick-off 5:00pm

UEFA Nations League 
Scotland v Armenia 
Hampden Park, Glasgow
Wednesday, 8 June 2022, kick-off 7:45pm

UEFA Nations League 
Republic of Ireland v Scotland
Aviva Stadium, Dublin
Saturday, 11 June 2022, kick-off 5:00pm

UEFA Nations League
Armenia v Scotland
Republican Stadium after Vazgen Sargsyan, Yerevan
Tuesday, 14 June 2022, kick-off 5:00pm

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