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Martinez Losa's missed opportunity - SWNT analysis

Pedro Martinez Losa has unveiled his Scotland squad the opening Euro 2025 qualifiers - but it feels like a missed opportunity to add some youth.

Uncapped Sarah Ewens, 31, is reintroduced, Amy Gallacher is back, and Kirsty Smith returns to the squad for the first time in over a year.

The absence of the injured Martha Thomas is a blow after her three goals in two games in the Pinatar Cup, as is Kirsty Hanson who also misses out with injury.

But there are a number of young talents who have been overlooked for the games away to Serbia and at home to Slovakia.

Jenny Smith and Brogan Hay, two of the younger members of the squad, have been cut from the Pinatar Cup squad.

Mia McAulay has been flying at Rangers and, despite being just 17, would clearly add something exciting for Scotland. Manager Jo Potter has been full of praise for the young forward and even gave her the nod to start in Sunday's SWPL Cup final, where she scored the opening goal.

McAulay has been capped at Under-15, Under-17 and Under-19 level for Scotland and knows what it takes to make the switch to senior football - having signed her first professional contract with Rangers at the start of this season - so she's clearly not fazed by the step up.

The likes of Bayley Hutchison at Aberdeen and Emma Lawton at Partick Thistle are also having standout seasons in the SWPL.

While Gallacher's recall is unsurprising on the back of 22 goals in 22 games for Celtic, the addition of Ewens is a bit of a shock.

The Rangers attacker has been doing well in Potter's side this term but has had to fight with Rio Hardy and Jane Ross for a spot in the starting XI and hasn't really nailed down her place.

Her return of five goals isn't the most impressive but she's got plenty of experience at club level and, given it's her first senior call-up, she'll be desperate to impress.