Celtic defenders Greg Taylor and Anthony Ralston have not been included in the Scotland squad for the upcoming UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying matches against Cyprus and Spain.

Both men were involved in the previous group last year which saw Steve Clarke's side qualify for section A of the Nations League.

However, there was no room for either man this time around as Andy Robertson, Kieran Tierney, Aaron Hickey and Nathan Patterson were all selected as full-back alternatives.

While Ralston has had spells in and out the Parkhead team this season due to injury and the rapid rise of January signing Alistair Johnston, Taylor has been a regular throughout the campaign for Ange Postecoglou's men.

David Turnbull is another who has missed out on the squad. The only Celtic representation comes from Callum McGregor who is a regular pick by Clarke.

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Meanwhile, Celtic hero Charlie Nicholas has compared Ange Postecoglou to legendary Aberdeen and Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson.

The former Scotland international feels there are similarities in both men's management styles.

Nicholas feels comparisons can be drawn between how Postecoglou motivates players and how Ferguson used to make sure none of his squad ever got to carried away.

Writing in his Daily Express column, he said: "Ange Postecoglou is a modern-day version of Sir Alex Ferguson. That is what he is.

"He is just a relentless winner. Ange is so simplistic. He has an incredible motivational side.

"We know he doesn’t speak to his players a lot. He talks to them individually on the training pitch but not really off it, but is remarkable how tough he has made this Celtic team both physically and mentally.

"You never really seen Ange over-praising his players. He just gets on with it and moves on to the next challenge.

"It was like Sir Alex after he had led Aberdeen to the Scottish Cup against Rangers.

"He ranted and raved on the pitch saying the performance was a disgrace although they lifted the cup Willie Miller and Alex McLeish were the only players to get pass marks.

"Ange is just like that. He treats them mean to keep them keen. This manager has a style and has really got something special going at Celtic."