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Morgan answers Scotland’s Euro 2024 call

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Lewis Morgan had planned to spend quality time with his sisters in New York City. Instead, the Red Bulls forward found himself leaving them behind, hailing a yellow taxi across town, and flying over the Atlantic to join Scotland’s Euro 2024 journey.

From Central Park to the Allianz Arena in the blink of an eye.

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Just a few weeks ago, the former St Mirren and Celtic player wasn’t even in the conversation for the squad. Now, he has secured a spot in Scotland’s team for the major tournament, which includes the opening game against hosts Germany on Friday.

His inclusion was announced in a surprising call-up on Thursday. The news caught many off guard, including Morgan’s siblings, who had traveled to the Big Apple for a family reunion.

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“I actually had my sister out visiting, so I got caught short,” he said. “My other sister has just landed in New York right now. It’s a bit bittersweet.

“Everyone in my family was obviously overjoyed at the news. It’s a massive opportunity.

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“It’s been hectic. I found out on Tuesday there was a chance. I got told I was getting called into the squad and it was just about getting here as quick as I could.”

The 27-year-old last played for Scotland six years ago under Steve Clarke’s predecessor, Alex McLeish.

During that period, the Tartan Army witnessed their team end a 23-year wait to qualify for a major tournament, struggle in a Covid-restricted Euros, miss out on a World Cup, and then secure another spot on the European stage.

Meanwhile, Morgan watched with a mix of joy, pride, and a touch of envy. Despite being across the pond, he never lost hope.

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