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Two Inverness born players are called up to Scotland squad for friendlies to face Netherlands and Northern Ireland

By Will Clark

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Ryan Christie has been called up for Scotland.
Ryan Christie has been called up for Scotland.

Former Inverness Caledonian Thistle star Ryan Christie and ex-Caley Thistle youth player Stuart Armstrong have been called up to the Scotland squad for the friendly matches against the Netherlands and Northern Ireland.

The duo are two of 25 players who have been called up to the national team as they continue their preparations for Euro 2024 in Germany this summer.

Scotland will play the Netherlands at the Johan Cruijff Arena in Amsterdam on Friday, March 22 at 7.45pm.

They then take on Northern Ireland at Hampden Park in Glasgow on Tuesday, March 26 at 7.45pm.

After coming through the Inverness Caledonian Thistle youth academy, Christie (29) played in the first team between 2013 and 2015 before moving to Celtic.

He spent a period on loan back at Inverness, as well at Aberdeen, before becoming a regular first team player at Celtic between 2018 and 2021 winning the Scottish Premiership, Scottish Cup and League Cup medals.

Christie then joined Bournemouth at the start of the 2021/22 season when they were in the Championship and helped them win promotion to the Premiership.

He has been a regular first team starter with Bournemouth in the Premiership this season with the Cherries currently in 13th place in the English Premiership.

Christie has won 45 caps for his country and scored five goals.

Former Inverness Caledonian Thistle youth player Stuart Armstrong, who plays with Southampton in the English Championship, has also been called up to the Scotland squad.

Stuart Armstrong. Picture: Ken Macpherson
Stuart Armstrong. Picture: Ken Macpherson

Inverness born Armstrong (31), who grew up in Aberdeen, played in the Inverness Caledonian Thistle youth set-up between 2008 and 2009 before going on to sign for Dundee United.

He spent five years playing in the first team at Dundee United between 2010 and 2015 before signing for Celtic.

He then moved to Southampton in 2018 where he has spent the last six years of his career.

During his career, Armstrong has won 48 caps for his country.

Scotland start their Euro 2024 campaign against Germany on the opening day of the tournament in Munich on Friday, June 14.

Five days later they face Switzerland in Cologne on Wednesday, June 19.

Their final group game is against Hungary in Stuttgart on Sunday, June 23 as Scotland look to reach the knockout stages of a major tournament for the first time.

Scotland Squad


Zander Clark Heart of Midlothian

Craig Gordon Heart of Midlothian

Angus Gunn Norwich City

Liam Kelly Motherwell


Liam Cooper Leeds United

Grant Hanley Norwich City

Jack Hendry Al-Ettifaq

Scott McKenna FC Copenhagen (on loan from Nottingham Forest)

Nathan Patterson Everton

Ryan Porteous Watford

Anthony Ralston Celtic

Andy Robertson Liverpool

John Souttar Rangers

Greg Taylor Celtic

Kieran Tierney Real Sociedad (on loan from Arsenal)


Stuart Armstrong Southampton

Ryan Christie Bournemouth

Lewis Ferguson Bologna

Billy Gilmour Brighton & Hove Albion

John McGinn Aston Villa

Kenny McLean Norwich City

Scott McTominay Manchester United


Ché Adams Southampton

Lyndon Dykes Queens Park Rangers

Lawrence Shankland Heart of Midlothian

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