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Lewis Morgan: Scotland call up New York Red Bulls forward

Written by on June 7, 2024

Lewis Morgan gives Scotland “different options”, says head coach Steve Clarke after recalling the forward to the squad eight days before they open Euro 2024 against hosts Germany.

The New York Red Bulls player Morgan, 27, follows Scotland Under-21 and Bristol City striker Tommy Conway in being added to Clarke’s provisional squad after striker Lyndon Dykes and winger Ben Doak withdrew injured.

With Morgan’s inclusion, Clarke has 28 players to consider for the final selection of 26 that will go to Germany.

The Scots face Finland at Hampden on Friday in a final warm-up match for the Euros.

Former Celtic, Inter Miami, St Mirren and Sunderland attacker Morgan was twice capped by Clarke’s predecessor Alex McLeish in 2018.

He has scored 66 goals in 284 club appearances, including 26 goals since joining Bulls in 2022.

“We look far and wide at players,” added Clarke. “Lewis has had a great time in the MLS. He’s brings us something a little bit different. He can play wide and he can play as a second striker.

“It’s disappointing to lose the players we’ve lost but we’ve got two good additions. They were the obvious candidates.”

Aaron Hickey, Nathan Patterson and Lewis Ferguson missed out on selection due to injury.

Scott McTominay only resumed training on Thursday after picking up a knock in Manchester United’s FA Cup final victory and fellow midfielder Stuart Armstrong is not due to join in with full training until Monday – after the final cut of players is made.

“It’s been tough,” said Clarke. “It’s not something that you can foresee, but I think we’ve dealt with it quite well.”

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