Date: 28th October 2020 at 8:11pm
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Stephen Welsh has been left out of the Scotland u-21 squad for the matches against Croatia and Greece.

The defender has been a regular internationalist from u-14 level through to u-19  but has yet to make the step up to u-21 level despite having more recent first team experience this season than many included in Scot Gemmill’s latest squad.

No-one in the latest u-21 squad has played 80 plus minutes of a Glasgow derby or 45 minutes against Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the Europa League.

For reasons best known to Gemmill, Lewis Mayo has been selected with the Ibrox starlet playing 39 minutes of top team football this season for Dunfermline in an away win over Alloa. Similarly, Kai Kennedy is in the squad after playing 19 minutes on loan at Inverness Caley Thistle against Ayr United.

Harrison Ashby has played 6 minutes for West Ham in an EFL Cup tie against Charlton and 69 minutes against Hull City in the same competition.

Another Ibrox starlet, Glenn Middleton has yet to be listed as a substitute in a club match this season but seems to find his way into every u-21 squad.

Last season Welsh made 18 appearances on loan at Morton before returning to Celtic in January and starting one Premiership match before Lockdown.

There are 19 outfield players listed for the international double header, if they are better placed than Welsh then the Scotland u-21 side should be looking forward to two comfortable wins.

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