Rangers goalkeeper Grant Adam out of Scotland Under-21 squad


Rangers goalkeeper Grant Adam has been withdrawn from the Scotland Under-21 squad ahead of Monday's European Championship qualifier.

The 20-year-old was named in Billy Stark's squad to face the Netherlands.

But he has since pleaded not guilty to an alleged sectarian breach of the peace when he appeared on Monday at Glasgow Sheriff Court.

Stark said the decision to replace Adam with Dundee United's Marc McCallum was made in the interests of the squad.

"I have spoken to Grant and it has been decided that he will not be in the squad for the match against the Netherlands on Monday," said the Scotland Under-21s manager.

"This is a footballing decision and has been made with the interests of all parties ahead of a very important qualifier."

The player - who is the younger brother of Liverpool and Scotland midfielder Charlie Adam - is alleged to have conducted himself in a disorderly manner by swearing and singing sectarian slogans in Glasgow in the early hours of 6 November.

Rangers' third-choice goalkeeper was released on bail and will appear back at the court on 25 January ahead of a trial on 10 February.

The Scottish champions are holding their own internal investigation.

Scotland Under-21 squad

Goalkeepers: Archer (Tottenham), McCallum (Dundee United), Ridgers (Hearts)

Defenders: Booth (Hibernian), Cole (Rangers), Hanlon (Hibernian), Jack (Aberdeen), Perry (Rangers), Wilson (Liverpool)

Midfielders: Allan (Dundee United), Cairney (Hull), Forrest (Celtic), Kelly (Kilmarnock), Palmer (Sheffield Wednesday), Pawlett (Aberdeen), Wotherspoon (Hibernian), Wylde (Rangers)

Strikers: Griffiths (Wolves), MacDonald (Burnley), Rhodes (Huddersfield), Russell (Dundee United)