Stark looking to shake up squad

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Billy Stark is hoping that an influx of new players can reinvigorate his Scotland Under 21s squad
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Billy Stark is hoping that an influx of new players can reinvigorate his Scotland Under 21s squad

Scotland under-21s boss Billy Stark hopes the addition of fresh talent will help to reinvigorate his squad now that several of his star performers are no longer available for selection.

A number of uncapped players have been included in the 18-man pool for this month's Marbella Cup games against the United States and Canada as the young Scots look to the future after narrowly missing out on the European Championships.

"It's the under-21s and they obviously get too old at a certain point," Stark said. "But you get real satisfaction from seeing them progress. The good thing is that we've got fresh ones to come in and reinvigorate the squad and to reinvigorate the coaching staff as well."

Stark admits the inability to call upon the services of players like Jordan Rhodes, Johnny Russell and David Wotherspoon is tough, but he is now looking towards the next batch of players.

The two friendlies are important for Stark as he begins to mould a squad that he hopes will have gelled by the time the competitive action comes around again.

He said: "These are international dates and I think you should try to use them.

"We certainly can't do anything other than benefit from seeing them together as a group and starting to build towards the future."

There were no Rangers players named in the squad, despite the emergence of the likes of Lewis Macleod and Barrie McKay this season.

Stark added: "The Rangers ones are ultra young. They are in Ricky Sbragia's squad for the under-19s.

"These are friendlies for us and Ricky's got his competitive games so we wouldn't tamper with them."

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