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Scotland boss Steve Clarke relieved to secure victory in the Czech Republic

Posted Tuesday, September 08, 2020 by PA14 hits

Steve Clarke admitted Scotland were on a hiding to nothing as they squeezed past the Czech Republic’s second string in Olomouc.Scotland were made heavy favourites to pick up the win at the Andruv Stadion after the hosts were forced to scramble a squad of players together with just 48 hours notice after a coronavirus crisis ruled out their original group.The Czechs started with nine debutan...Full Story »

Lyndon Dykes gets off the mark as Scotland scrape past makeshift Czech Republic

Posted Tuesday, September 08, 2020 by PA13 hits

Unconvincing Scotland survived a nervy night to beat a makeshift Czech Republic side 2-1 in their Nations League encounter in Olomouc.The hosts had quickly cobbled together a squad after the original group and staff had been stood down amid coronavirus concerns over the weekend.The Czech Republic started with nine debutants and one of them, Jakub Pesek, stunned Scotland with an 11th-minute opene...Full Story »

Scotland pegged back by Israel in Nations League opener

Posted Saturday, September 05, 2020 by PA18 hits

Scotland let slip a lead to draw 1-1 with Israel in their Nations League group opener at Hampden Park.The home side broke the deadlock a minute from the break with a Ryan Christie penalty, moments after a crucial save from keeper David Marshall.The second half was as hard-fought as the first with Eran Zahavi firing in the deserved equaliser in the 73rd minute and Scotland had nothing much in res...Full Story »

Hibernian back on top in Scotland despite goalless draw with Motherwell

Posted Sunday, August 16, 2020 by PA20 hits

Hibernian went back to the top of the Scottish Premiership despite losing their 100 per cent record in a 0-0 draw against a Motherwell side who rediscovered their form at Easter Road.The visitors went closest to breaking the stalemate when Jordan White had a goal disallowed in the first half.Hibs had come into the game with three wins from three while Motherwell boss Stephen Robinson had lambast...Full Story »

Aberdeen boss McInnes believes Scotland defender McKenna has torn his hamstring

Posted Sunday, March 01, 2020 by PA28 hits

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes fears Scotland defender Scott McKenna has torn his hamstring during his side’s 2-0 William Hill Scottish Cup quarter-final win over St Mirren.McKenna went off injured hours after fellow Scotland centre-back John Souttar was ruled out for the season after suffering an Achilles injury during Hearts’ victory over Rangers.The injury now makes McKenna a doub...Full Story »

Clarke insists future is bright for Scotland after win over Kazakhstan

Posted Wednesday, November 20, 2019 by PA45 hits

Steve Clarke insists the future is bright for Scotland as they look to claim a Nations League golden ticket to next summer’s European Championships.Clarke’s side brought their doomed Euro 2020 qualifying campaign to an end as they beat Kazakhstan 3-1 at Hampden.But they will have a second chance at booking a place in their first major finals since 1998 next March thanks to the Nation...Full Story »

Scotland sign off with victory over Kazakhstan

Posted Wednesday, November 20, 2019 by PA24 hits

Scotland required a second-half fightback to conclude their doomed 2020 European Championship qualifying campaign with 3-1 win over Kazakhstan at Hampden Park.The Scots lost 3-0 to their opponents in their Group I opener in Nur-Sultan March, a result so devastating that it soon led to the departure of boss Alex McLeish, whose successor Steve Clarke watched attacker Baktiyor Zainutdinov stun the ...Full Story »

Steve Clarke rules out Scotland revenge mission against Kazakhstan

Posted Tuesday, November 19, 2019 by PA70 hits

Steve Clarke ruled out a revenge mission in Scotland’s final 2020 European Championship qualifier against Kazakhstan at Hampden Park on Tuesday night.The Scots began their doomed campaign with a shock 3-0 defeat in Nur-Sultan in March, with Alex McLeish being replaced as boss after the expected win in San Marino days later.The 2-1 win over Cyprus in Nicosia on Saturday moved Scotland above...Full Story »

Clarke pleased to see Scotland building momentum ahead of play-offs

Posted Sunday, November 17, 2019 by PA25 hits

Winning was everything for Scotland manager Steve Clarke as his side beat Cyprus 2-1 in Nicosia.John McGinn swept home a 53rd-minute winner and Scotland survived a few late scares to move third in their Euro 2020 qualifying group.The visitors had an early reprieve when George Efrem’s shot bounced off the underside of the bar and appeared to cross the line.The goal was not given and Ryan Ch...Full Story »

Five in five for John McGinn as Scotland win in Cyprus

Posted Sunday, November 17, 2019 by PA39 hits

John McGinn continued his international goalscoring streak as Scotland won 2-1 in Cyprus.The Aston Villa midfielder netted the winner in the 53rd minute with a first-time finish to make it five goals from his last five games for his country.Scotland were ahead for the vast majority of the Euro 2020 qualifier in Nicosia after Ryan Christie’s superb opener.FULL TIME | Cyprus 1 – 2 Scot...Full Story »

Smiles back for Scotland as San Marino are hit for six

Posted Monday, October 14, 2019 by PA47 hits

Scotland manager Steve Clarke was delighted to see smiles back on the faces of his players as he praised their resilience after a 6-0 win over San Marino.John McGinn’s first-half hat-trick set Scotland up for their biggest win over San Marino in eight meetings after four consecutive European Championship qualifying defeats, the latest a 4-0 loss in Russia.Lawrence Shankland and Stuart Find...Full Story »

McGinn grabs hat-trick as Scotland hit San Marino for six at soggy Hampden

Posted Monday, October 14, 2019 by PA58 hits

John McGinn hit a first-half hat-trick as Scotland beat San Marino 6-0 on an increasingly waterlogged Hampden pitch.Lawrence Shankland and Stuart Findlay both netted their first international goals during a second half which was played in terrible conditions. Stuart Armstrong made it six after a bizarre incident in the latter stages.The ball held up with every pass in the second half, with the h...Full Story »

Scotland defeated again after second-half capitulation in Russia

Posted Friday, October 11, 2019 by PA72 hits

Scotland’s miserable European Championship qualifying campaign continued as a second-half capitulation resulted in a 4-0 defeat in Russia.David Marshall had rarely been troubled before three goals in 13 minutes around the hour mark made it five defeats in seven qualifiers for the visitors.Artem Dzyuba netted following two corners – the second game running Scotland have conceded twice...Full Story »

Russia vs Scotland - Russia captain Dzyuba surprised by Scotland’s lack of faith

Posted Thursday, October 10, 2019 by PA72 hits

Russia captain Artem Dzyuba is surprised to see a lack of faith in Scotland ahead of their meeting in Moscow.Expectations are low in Scotland ahead of the Euro 2020 qualifier at the Luzhniki Stadium after Russia won 2-1 at Hampden last month.Scotland manager Steve Clarke wrote off chances of automatic qualification after Scotland lost 4-0 to Belgium days later.The Scots have lost four of their s...Full Story »

Arsenal vs Standard Liege - Emery asks Tierney to skip Scotland duty

Posted Thursday, October 03, 2019 by PA115 hits

Unai Emery has asked Kieran Tierney not to link up with the Scotland squad next week to benefit his comeback from injury at Arsenal. The 22-year-old made his Gunners debut in the 5-0 Carabao Cup win over Nottingham Forest, having joined from Celtic in the summer. A niggling groin problem meant the left-back could not come straight into the Arsenal side but, after making his bow, Tierney then...Full Story »

Clarke sets Scotland target of finishing third and reaching Euro 2020 play-offs

Posted Tuesday, September 10, 2019 by PA43 hits

Scotland manager Steve Clarke set his players the target of finishing third and going into the Euro 2020 play-offs with confidence after admitting their automatic qualification hopes had died.A 4-0 home defeat by Belgium made it four defeats from six qualifiers and saw Scotland drop to fifth place in Group I, nine points off second-placed Russia and one behind both Kazakhstan and Cyprus.“T...Full Story »

Scotland suffer again as De Bruyne inspires Belgium

Posted Tuesday, September 10, 2019 by PA100 hits

Scotland suffered more Hampden agony as a 4-0 defeat by Belgium made it four losses from six European Championship qualifiers.Kevin De Bruyne set up first-half goals for Romelu Lukaku, Thomas Vermaelen and Toby Alderweireld as Scotland were punished for poor defending.Steve Clarke’s men were more competitive after the break but De Bruyne rounded off the scoring in the 82nd minute to make i...Full Story »

Scotland boss Clarke determined to address possession problems

Posted Saturday, September 07, 2019 by PA41 hits

Scotland manager Steve Clarke could not fathom why his players sat off Russia following John McGinn’s early opener as a 2-1 Hampden defeat saw their chances of a top-two Group I finish slip further away.Scotland made a positive start to the Euro 2020 qualifier and McGinn capitalised on a goalkeeping error 10 minutes in.But Russia quickly took control and Artem Dzyuba swept home five minute...Full Story »

Russia come from behind to deal hammer blow to Scotland’s Euro hopes

Posted Saturday, September 07, 2019 by PA49 hits

Scotland failed to build on John McGinn’s early opener as a 2-1 home defeat by Russia left their hopes of automatic qualification for Euro 2020 hanging by a thread.McGinn netted his first goal for Scotland after a goalkeeping blunder in the 10th minute as Steve Clarke’s men were rewarded for a positive start.But the visitors quickly got on top and the pressure paid off when Artem Dzy...Full Story »

We missed chance to make Belgium sweat, admits Scotland boss Clarke

Posted Wednesday, June 12, 2019 by PA88 hits

Steve Clarke believes Scotland “fluffed” their lines by missing a great chance to put pressure on Belgium in their 3-0 Euro 2020 qualifying defeat at the King Baudouin Stadium in Brussels.The compact Scots defended impressively only for all the good work to be undone just before half-time when a lapse of concentration ended with striker Romelu Lukaku heading in a cross from skipper E...Full Story »

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