AYRSHIRE is well-represented in Scotland's Euro 2024 squad.

Billy Gilmour, James Forrest, Ross McCrorie and manager Steve Clarke will all be flying the flag for the region in Germany when the tournament gets underway this weekend.

Liverpool starlet Ben Doak was also part of the provisional squad before pulling out through injury, which would have given Ayrshire even more representation.

Ardrossan boy Gilmour has a real chance of starting against the hosts at the Allianz Arena when the competition kicks off on Friday evening.

The midfielder enjoyed a solid campaign in the middle of Brighton's midfield making 33 domestic appearances as well as appearing eight times in the Europa League.

He made his Scotland debut under Clarke back in 2021 after being named in the delayed Euro 2020 squad and has made 25 national team appearances since then.

James Forrest will bring a plethora of experience to the table, despite not having been a regular feature in the Scotland squad for some time.

The Prestwick-born winger has not played for the national team since 2021, though was part of the squad that competed in the previous Euro competition.

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He will be aiming to build on his strong end to the season with Celtic as he played a crucial role in Brendan Rodgers' winning a league and cup double during the last two months of the season.

An end-of-season resurgence has now not only made him a regular starter in Glasgow but has forced him back into Clarke's national team thoughts.

At the opposite end of the scale, Dailly man McCrorie will be looking for his first competitive cap after making his debut in the recently friendly victory over Gibraltar.

Having started out in the Rangers Academy, making over 40 appearances for the club, the 26-year-old really started to shine after a move to Aberdeen.

He moved to Bristol City last summer but only made 22 appearances in the most recent campaign after struggling with injury issues.

Finally, the manager. Saltcoats-born Clarke is the man hoping to guide Scotland to the knockout stages of a major competition for the first time.

He previously led Scotland to their first major tournament finals since 1998 when a penalty shoot-out win over Serbia earned the national team a place at the delayed Euro 2020.

And fans will be hoping the team can go one better this time.