Clarke expecting Ukraine to be ready

Scotland boss Steve Carke

Scotland boss Steve Clarke expects his side to face a very tough challenge in the form of Ukraine (To face Wales – Scotland 8/13, Ukraine 6/5) when the two sides meet at Hampden Park in what is expected to be a very emotional occasion.

Both sides are playing for the right to face Wales (Path A winner – Wales 8/11, Scotland 5/2, Ukraine 10/3) on Sunday where the winner will seal a place at the Qatar World Cup in November.

The match was meant to take place in March but was postponed due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Football in the country has been suspended but now they are ready to face Clarke’s side with the world watching on.

Ukraine haven’t played a competitive game since November when they defeated Bosnia 2-0 away from home.

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Scotland meanwhile, will be hoping to go another step further to securing a place at the World Cup, something they haven’t managed since 1998.

Their appearance at Euro 2020 was the first in an international tournament for over 20 years.

They are in excellent form, winning each of their last six competitive fixtures while they are unbeaten in eight games altogether.

Despite the obvious problems in Ukraine at the moment, Clarke is expecting them to be fully firing at Hampden though is confident his side will be ready for the challenge.

“They are a very talented team with very talented players,” he said. “They are a good team, but we’re a good team too.”

“We’ll play the same way – wanting to get on the front foot – and I think the Ukrainian team will be the same. They will want to attack – I’ve watched them and they are a good team going forward.

“The guys know when they turn up that we’re on a good run and they want to keep that going for at least two more matches.”

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Author: Paula Allen