Luke Cranney closes in on goal playing for Grange. Picture by Nigel Duncan Media

Scotland coach Derek Forsyth rings the changes for the Hockey Series Open in Portugal next month.

Scotland play Turkey, Portugal, Gibraltar, Russia and Belarus from September 4 to 9 with the top two teams moving into the Hockey Series Finals.

It’s Scotland’s first major tournament since Gold Coast 2018 and the series gives developing hockey-playing nations the opportunity to test themselves against some of the world’s best.

Scotland are No 22 in the world and are the highest ranked team competing followed by Russia (23) then Belarus (35), Portugal (36), Turkey (44) and Gibraltar (66).

They open against Turkey on September 4 followed by games against the hosts a day later, Gibralter on September 6, Russia two days after that and complete the series by playing Balarus on September 9.

Forsyth said: “It’s exciting times ahead with many young talented players emerging and getting this opportunity to play in a senior international tournament.”

Squad: Tommy Alexander, Michael Bremner and Gavin Byers (HTC Uhlenhorst, Germany), Russell Anderson (Cannock HC), Tim Atkins, Willie Marshall (Surbiton HC), Luke Cranney (Grange), Callum Duke (Hillhead), David Forrester (CA Montrouge, France), David Forsyth (Qui Vive, Holland), Hamish Galt, Rob Harwood (Western Wildcats), Cammy Golden, Aidan McQuade (Grove Menzieshill), Duncan Riddell (Reading), Robbie Shepherdson (Loughborough), Ross Stott (East Grinstead), Kyle White (Hampstead and Westminster)