No more than three Scots have been selected in an initial British and Irish Lions squad this century. Five tours, with just 10 different Scotland players having been deemed good enough for the famous red jersey.
This year’s scheduled tour to South Africa – should it go ahead – will be ferociously competitive once again, with former Wales coach Warren Gatland taking charge of his third Lions campaign.
The New Zealander, too, has never initially selected more than three Scots, but after opening their Six Nations campaign with a stunning win over England at Twickenham that could well change. So, who are those in serious contention for a spot? BBC Scotland takes a look.
On the plane
These are the players who you can count on being in the squad and who will be pushing for a Test starting place.
You would hang your hat on Scotland captain Stuart Hogg being picked. Gatland selected him in 2013 and 2017, with injury…
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