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Steve Clarke confirms two Scotland players cut for Euro 2024 and explains Craig Gordon run-out

Steve Clarke has confirmed Craig Gordon and John Souttar are the two Scotland players to be cut for Euro 2024.

The manager initially named a 28-man provisional squad and with Ben Doak and Lyndon Dykes dropping out with injury to be replaced by Tommy Conway and Lewis Morgan, it remained at that number. And with the squad limited to 26 for Germany, two unlucky members had to miss out.

It was always likely to be one of the goalkeepers to drop out along with one other and it had been reported in recent days that the unfortunate pairing would be Gordon and Souttar. Clarke had refused to confirm that until after tonight's 2-2 draw with Finland, when he explained he'd had the difficult chats with both players.

Asked if he'd done that, he replied: "Yeah, I have. Two difficult conversations, as you can imagine. Really difficult. We did it yesterday to give them time to clear their heads a little bit.

"Craig's out, John Souttar's out. Horrible decisions to have to make, horrible emotional conversations to have with both players. Now it's time to focus on the ones we have picked.

"Obviously people like Lyndon (Dykes) emotional, losing Ben Doak. I've got to be honest, it's been a horrible week, just coming and coming. So from my own personal point of view I'm glad we've got a day off tomorrow and then come in Sunday ready for the tournament."

Gordon was still given a run-out from the bench tonight as he earned his 75th cap and became Scotland's oldest EVER player at 41. The boss explained the decision to do that even though he's not going with the squad.

He said: "You never know what's going to happen in football and Craig's obviosuly sitting on 74 caps and he's been in the squad in March, didn't get time on the pitch. I just felt tonight with over 40,000 people in the stadium it was a fitting moment.

"You don't know who the next head coach is going to be, maybe I'm not here, someone's got a different idea. Maybe something happens to Craig. It would just have been wrong I think, on the back of the disappointment of the Euros, not to give him that 75th cap."