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¡¡¡¡Scotland s first game in an international tournament in 23 years is just around the corner.
¡¡¡¡And Steve Clarke has included five Lanarkshire stars to represent the nation when they kick off their EURO 2020 campaign on June 14.
¡¡¡¡And to get ready for the occasion, Lanarkshire Live has entered the virtual world of gaming where a new update on PES 2021 for the Xbox features a real-life likeness to some of our stars.
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¡¡¡¡Here, we will examine how the Lanarkshire stars shape up and see if their dictated ratings in the game are a fair reflection on how we expect them to perform in just over a week s time.
¡¡¡¡First up is Aberdeen s Declan Gallagher. The centre-back had another stellar season for Motherwell which earned him caps in the nation s crucial play-offs – before his move to the Dons last month.
¡¡¡¡His performances didn t go unnoticed in PES who honed in on the details when updating his appearance and the results are uncanny.
¡¡¡¡From Hamilton originally, Gallagher s form for the Steelmen was a huge factor in becoming a mainstay in the squad.
¡¡¡¡PES has given him a reasonable overall rating of 70 (out of 100) which isn t bad going compared to other internationals in the game.
¡¡¡¡Likeness score: 4/5
¡¡¡¡Stephen O Donnell
¡¡¡¡Motherwell s Stephen O Donnell s selection in the 26-man squad was never in doubt.
¡¡¡¡He s became a trusted starter at right-back for the Tartan Army.
¡¡¡¡Stephen O Donnell
¡¡¡¡And like his former teammate Gallagher, PES has rated him an overall 70.
¡¡¡¡He too was part of the updated graphics which boast a very close likeness to the full-back, albeit perhaps slightly darker hair than real life!
¡¡¡¡Likeness score: 4/5
¡¡¡¡The best rated player in the Lanarkshire camp on PES is Kieran Tierney.
¡¡¡¡Unsurprisingly with his upwards trajectory at Arsenal, the attacking left-back is a good player to have in your team on PES.
¡¡¡¡The game rates him at 82 with blistering pace and an “offensive full-back” playing style.
¡¡¡¡Tierney s appearance in the game has been pretty much spot on for a number of years now due to his high profile – so all-in he is depicted pretty accurately on PES.
¡¡¡¡Likeness score: 5/5
¡¡¡¡Unfortunately, PES is unable to digitally clone every single player in the game, it is usually the higher profile ones that are scanned for a like-for-like appearance.
¡¡¡¡Some may argue David Turnbull should be in this category, but being a relatively new name in PES roster, he appears via a default manual face-build – in other words, it doesn t really look like him.
¡¡¡¡Added to that, his first cap came only this week.
¡¡¡¡Nevertheless, the Celtic star s statistical ratings seem accurate, ranked an overall 73 and dubbed “the orchestrator” on his playing style.
¡¡¡¡Brought up in Motherwell s academy, it could be a big tournament for the PFA Scotland Young Player of the Year, who PES also deem a decent asset.
¡¡¡¡Likeness score: 2/5
¡¡¡¡East Kilbride man Kevin Nisbet couldn t have gotten his international career off to a better start with a goal against the Netherlands on his debut.
¡¡¡¡The Hibs striker also joins Turnbull in the default method of appearance in PES, and frankly he is probably the furthest from a real-life resemblance amongst the Lanarkshire lads.
¡¡¡¡The game describes him as a “goal poacher” with a fairly respectable 69.
¡¡¡¡PES also has him covering a number of positions in their mock-up of the forward. It s fair to say he could be a tricky player both at the Euros and in the virtual world!
¡¡¡¡Likeness score: 1/5
¡¡¡¡*Find out how Lanarkshire Live reporters Matt Bryan and Gregor Farquharson get on when they play as Scotland against Czech Republic on PES 2021 next week.
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