Will Steve Clarke throw a Scotland curveball at Germany and how far can we REALLY go? Monday Jury

What curveballs could Steve Clarke have up his sleeve for the big opener against Germany?

KEITH JACKSON : The ‘James Forrest at right wing back’ idea remains a personal favourite but looks more and more unlikely to actually be deployed, in the opener at least. Clarke’s starting XI will look like Friday night’s but with Che Adams in for Lawrence Shankland and Scott McTominay replacing Ryan Christie.

SCOTT McDERMOTT: I’ve got a hunch that he’ll do something different in the right-back position against the Germans. McCrorie and Ralston will have a part to play in the tournament but Clarke might shift Jack Hendry out there on Friday to tackle the likes of Leroy Sane and Florian Wirtz. That would give Scotland more solidity, with Porteous, Hanley and Tierney as the back three.

SCOTT BURNS: I am not sure there will be too much in the way of curveballs. I suspect that Steve will stick with the tried and trusted players and 3-5-2 that have got us this far. I suspect Lawrence Shankland will need to make an impact from the bench.

MICHAEL GANNON: There will be no need for curveballs. It will be the tried and trusted for Clarke with McTominay coming in, Anthony Ralston at right wing back and Che Adams up top. We need another display like that wild night against Spain at Hampden.

What are out expectations levels for Scotland at the Euros?

KEITH: Qualification for the knock-outs is the first goal and, even despite some setbacks along the road to Munich, it remains very much a possibility. If this side can catch a bit of luck from here on in a place in the last eight might even be achievable.

SCOTT McD: We have to be optimistic and believe we can get through the group stage. One win might do it and if we don’t take anything from the opening game, we should have enough about us to beat either Switzerland or Hungary - or both. If we can get to the last 16, it will have been a successful Euros.

SCOTT B: I hope we can make history and get out of the group. That would be the ultimate, I would certainly hope we can go better than Euro 2020 and get a group win.

MICHAEL: It’s hope rather than expectations. We should expect Scotland to be competitive in all the games but hope we can get to the knockout stages. It would be an incredible achievement if Clarke and the boys can pull it off.

Okay, if Scotland are not going to win this thing, who will be crowned champs?

KEITH: With the depth of talent at his disposal Gareth Southgate really ought to make Scotland’s worst nightmares come true. The only bad news for Southgate, though, is that he’s the man picking the team and the tactics. It’ll be France and Kylian Mbappe.

SCOTT McD: France and Germany will be the two to beat. The hosts aren’t at their best but on home soil with their fans at their back, I expect them to go far. France has the most talented squad in the tournament and it will be a major surprise if they don’t make the semi-finals at least. With that, you’d have to fancy Mbappe for top scorer. Fullkrug and Bruno Fernandes could be outside bets.

SCOTT B: I think it is hard to look past France and their talisman Kylian Mbappe. He will be there or thereabouts for the top scorer’s award. England are likely to have a good tournament.

MICHAEL: A France/Mbappe double looks the bet but alternatively, Germany will lose the opener but go on to win the tournament on home soil with Borussia Dortmund’s Niclas Fullkrug claiming the golden boot.

Who are the dark horses to watch out for in Germany?

KEITH: Granted, it’s a long shot but don’t rule England out for a place in the knock-out rounds!

SCOTT McD: I’m going to say Portugal. They should breeze through their group and while coach Roberto Martinez couldn’t quite win a big tournament with Belgium, this might be his time. They have quality young players, along with the experience of Bruno Fernandes and, of course, Cristiano Ronaldo. Expect them to be there or thereabouts in the latter stages.

SCOTT B: I think the Dutch could be up there. They have had their recent internal and external problems but they showed against Scotland that they can be dangerous, if they click.

MICHAEL: It’s slightly worrying a lot of folk are tipping Hungary to be the surprise packages but Turkey could be ones to watch after they blasted through qualification.