Predicted Scotland XI amid Che Adams injury fear as 'scandalous' issue pinpointed before Hungary blockbuster

Che Adams of Scotland
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It's tournament D-day for Scotland - and history is within touching distance for Steve Clarke and his boys at Euro 2024.

A win over Hungary will all-but secure a spot in the last 16 - and secure a spot in the knockout stage of a tournament for the first time by the Scottish national side. But Marco Rossi's side have shown they are no pushovers by finishing top of their qualifying group before arriving in Germany - and pushing the hosts all the way on matchday two before their 2-0 defeat.

Despite Hungary sitting on zero points, Clarke will know his players must be at their best to earn all three points. But, they will once again not be at full strength with injury woes mounting. Kieran Tierney is back at Arsenal after a hamstring injury - which could signal a change of shape to a back four. But, that doesn't appear to be the end of the issues.

Speaking on the Scotland HQ show before the final group stage game, Bryan Gunn - dad of No. 1 Angus - hinted that Che Adams will miss out with Lawrence Shankland drafted in to lead the line. Speaking about his predicted starting line-up, he said: "I think much the same. There's rumours Che Adams might not be fit but that is rumours. Shankland might start up front. So we'll have to see on that one."

A knock for the Southampton man would be the latest blow for Clarke - with Aaron Hickey, Nathan Patterson, Lewis Ferguson, Ben Doak and Lyndon Dykes all pulling out of the original squad, and Kieran Tierney sent home. Scotland hero Kenny Dalglish has pointed the finger of blame for the injury woes at football's governing body.

In a prophetic column for the Sunday Post, he appeared to guess that Adams could be hampered by injury going into the final fixture. The Scotland icon wrote: "I just hope there aren't other players sidelined. We are down to the bare bones and we are not blessed with tremendous strength in depth. That's not a criticism of the squad, it's just a fact. But that doesn't mean that we can't complete the job ahead. But we are constantly asking so much from Andy Robertson, Che Adams, Callum McGregor and Scott McTominay.

"All have been injured this season and have played many, many games. But I'm sure they'll have this push in them for tonight. That said, Uefa and Fifa simply ask too much of footballers these days. The amount of games they ask them to play is scandalous.

"Between European club games and international fixtures, they'd have them playing 52 weeks a year if they could. It needs to stop. There needs to be more consideration given to the welfare of footballers. However, I want to see Scotland playing in at least one more game after tonight in this summer's Euros."

But amid all the noise, how are Scotland likely to line up against Hungary? Record Sport takes a look before the knockouts decider.

Predicted Scotland XI

Scotland squad in full


Angus Gunn

Liam Kelly

Zander Clark


Anthony Ralston

Scott McKenna

Grant Hanley

Greg Taylor

Andy Robertson

Jack Hendry

Liam Cooper

Ross McCrorie


Callum McGregor

Scott McTominay

Lewis Morgan

Ryan Jack

John McGinn

Billy Gilmour

Kenny McLean

James Forrest

Ryan Christie


Che Adams

Lawrence Shankland

Tommy Conway