Scotland Euro 2024 bulletin as Tartan Army face travel chaos and Swiss hit with triple injury blow

The Tartan Army face the nightmare prospect of being stranded during the Euro 2024 after rail unions in Germany threatened to go on strike and throw a major spanner into the works of the finals.

It is estimated around 100,000 Scotland fans will make the trip this summer to roar on Steve Clarke's men at the European Championships as they get ready to take part in the big summer blockbuster. Large numbers of the travelling support arriving in Germany by plans, trains and automobiles are planning to move around the country by the extensive and previously super-efficient railways.

There's a distance of 282 miles between Scotland's opening game in the tournament against hosts Germany in Munich to their second game in Cologne against Switzerland. And from Cologne, there's another 179 miles to the third game in Stuttgart against Hungary. But German railway unions could be ready to cause potential chaos by walking out during the tournament due to increased attacks on workers of the railway service in recent times.

The Eisenbahn und Verkehrsgewerkschaft - Germany's railway and transport union known as the EVG - have confirmed they will stop the trains unless they get assurances about their members' safety with an unprecedented number of fans set to visit the country after 20 million tickets were requested.

EVG board member Kristian Loroch said: "If the safety situation does not improve, we will ensure that the trains do not run. During our members' working lives, 82 per cent have been the victim of a verbal or physical attack and 36 per cent of employees currently feel unsafe when doing their job. The feeling of security has decreased significantly in the last five years. The boundaries in society are shifting. Whole groups are behaving in an increasingly arrogant manner.

"So we are insisting train attendants should no longer be sent out alone and double patrols must become standard. The states responsible for local transport must therefore order more staff to be deployed. If that doesn't happen, there will be no overtime from our members and the trains can't run."

Tens of thousands of Scotland fans have already pre-booked railway tickets and train passes for the duration of their three games at Euro 2024, which could be extended if Steve Clarke's side became the first ever Scotland side in history to qualify from the group stages of a tournament. - at the 12th time of asking after previously qualifying for eight World Cups and three European Championships.

Meanwhile, group rivals Switzerland have been hit with a triple injury blow for Euro 2024 ahead of facing Scotland in their group. Clarke's troops have been battered with injury setbacks with Lewis Ferguson and Nathan Patterson both definitely out and doubts surrounding a number of players including Aaron Hickey, Stuart Armstrong and Billy Gilmour. But the Swiss - who face Scotland in the second game of the tournament in Cologne - have major problems of their own in the countdown to the Euros.

Murat Yakin's side will definitely be without Sevilla midfielder Djibril Sow, who has a broken toe and won't be back in time for the tournament. Monaco midfielder Denis Zakaria, who had a spell on loan at Chelsea, picked up a hamstring injury time this week and the ex-Juventus star is rated as a major doubt for the tournament.

And key defender, 80-times capped Newcastle United star Fabian Schar is also struggling after being ruled out for the season with a hamstring injury too. Newcastle boss Eddie Howe said: "Fabian will be out for a while with a hamstring problem and I doubt that we will see him again this season."

On the topic of injuires, Crocked Scotland star Ferguson has won the prestigious Bulgarelli Award for the best midfielder in Serie A. The Bologna ace underwent surgery last week after being ruled out until at least November following a cruciate ligament injury that meant he would miss the European Championships with Scotland in Germany. However, the ex-Aberdeen ace has been recognised for his outstanding season - with Bologna looking set to clinch a Champions League spot - after being named as the winner of the 2024 Bulgarelli Award voted for by a panel set up by the Italian Footballers' Association.

Ferguson follows in the footsteps of previous winners Andrea Pirlo, Paul Pogba and Daniele De Rossi. The award was also previously won by Xavi, Andres Iniesta and Yaya Toure when the accolade was open to all European competitions before it changed to a Serie A-only award. The award is named after a legendary former Bologna and Italy player - Giacomo Bulgarelli, who helped them to their last Serie A title and is still Italy's youngest-ever scorer at a World Cup.

Ferguson will be in esteemed company when he collects his award tomorrow - Inter Milan's Simone Inzaghi won the Best Manager gong and legendary keeper Gianluigi Buffon will receive a lifetime achievement award. The 24-year-old has scored 13 Serie A goals in two seasons after 58 starts and was awarded the captaincy by Bologna boss Thiago Motta in October last year.