The appearance of two Champions League winners in Scotland's Euro 2020 squad has lifted the spirits of a previously besieged football nation. Captain Andy Robertson gave a tip to Billy Gilmour, who won the medal as an unused Chelsea substitute last Saturday, to build on that taste for success.
The summons of the player from 19 years at the Euro was his first for his country 's full team. After spending time with his family, Gilmour could make his international debut - almost certainly on the bench - when Scotland face the Netherlands in Portugal on Wednesday night.
Robertson won the Champions League with Liverpool in 2019 and asked if same experience could change outlook Gilmour said: "It only changes you if you allow it to change you. I 've talked to Billy many times andthe little man seems very eager to achieve all he can
"To be able to get a Champions League winner's medal so soon is amazing but I do not think it will be over for him. He'll be hungry for more now. He had a taste for success and for me and for all the guys from Liverpool that got us going next season to win the Premier League.
"When you get that feeling, when you get the party after that, the celebrations with your family and your fans, it makes you want more and I'm sure Billy will be exactly the same. He's got a huge career ahead of him and she already has it. started so well. I have no doubt it w I will stay humble, hungry and continue to accomplish much more. "
Steve Clarke, the Scotland manager, was stimulated by Gilmour's role, albeit peripheral, in Porto. "I was delighted for Chelsea, " he said. "I 've spent a long part of my career at Chelsea so I was happy to see them win again. But I was also happy for Billy. He is relaxed and well placed.
It's not that it's just rainbows and unicorns for Clarke. A positive Covid-19 test returned by John Fleck means the Sheffield United midfielder has to isolate himself in Spain, where Scotland attended a training camp, and faces a race to be available for Group D game against Czech Republic on June 14. The rest of the Scottish team returned three negative tests.
"We are 99.9% sure John would have had it before coming in Spain, with the incubation period, ”Clarke said. “Hopefully this is an isolated case. I spoke to John, he is fine and has no symptoms. We will try to make his time stuck in his bedroom as good as possible for him. We're going to put an exercise bike in his room and get it moving.
"We'll take care of him, that's all we need. We can do. But we don't really want this situation to be the big story. The big story is that we are at camp and have had a fantastic time so far. "
Frank de Boer, Netherlands manager, left Jasper Cillessen out of his Euros squad due to uncertainty over how long it will take for the goalkeeper to recover from the coronavirus. Cillessen tested positive last week. "I find it incredibly sad for Jasper but I had to take the plunge," De Boer said. "We don't know how long it will be before he is 100% fit again. I don't want to prtake no risk. "