Steve Clarke has sent a heartfelt message of gratitude to injury-hit Kenny McLean for helping Scotland reach Euro 2020.

The Norwich star played a huge part in ending his country’s 23 years in the international wilderness by scoring two penalties in the shootout wins over Israel and Serbia.

But McLean will not feature at the finals due to a heartbreaking knee injury.

And Clarke, who will also miss Rangers midfielder Ryan Jack at this summer’s tournament, has told the 29-year-old he will be back.

The Scotland national team manager said: “I’m really disappointed for Kenny. He has been excellent this season for Norwich, playing an important role in winning the Championship and securing their return to the Premier League.

Steve Clarke will name his Scotland squad next month
Steve Clarke will name his Scotland squad next month

“His performances for the national team during my time in charge have always been to a good level and Kenny is a player I know I can rely on.

"The composure he demonstrated to score two crucial penalties in the playoff matches sums up his temperament and I am confident that will play a big role in his recovery from this setback.

“Ultimately, his long-term fitness is the most important thing right now, but we all wish Kenny a full and speedy recovery and look forward to seeing him get back playing as soon as possible.”