Euro 2020 qualifying draw
Scots to meet Belgium, Russia in Euro qualifiers
Scotland will face familiar foes in the shape of Belgium in the Euro 2020 qualifiers (pic: SNS Group)
Scotland have been drawn in the same group as the world No. 1 ranked side Belgium in the Euro 2020 qualifiers.
The draw in Dublin also saw Russia, Cyprus, Kazakhstan and San Marino grouped together with Alex McLeish’s men.
The top two teams from Group I will qualify for the finals, although should that prove beyond the Scots, they have the safety net of a guaranteed play-off semi-final against Finland at Hampden Park courtesy of finishing top of their Nations League group.
The Belgians strolled to a 4-0 win the last time the teams met in a friendly in Glasgow in September.
Elsewhere, England appear to have been given a good draw, with Gareth Southgate’s side up against Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Montenegro and Kosovo.
Northern Ireland didn’t fare so well, coming out the hat alongside Netherlands, Germany, Estonia and Belarus.
The first round of qualifiers start on 21-23 March next year, finishing on 17-19 November 2019.
Group A: England, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Montenegro, Kosovo
Group B: Portugal, Ukraine, Serbia, Lithuania, Luxembourg
Group C: Netherlands, Germany, Northern Ireland, Estonia, Belarus
Group D: Switzerland, Denmark, Republic of Ireland, Georgia, Gibraltar
Group E: Croatia, Wales, Slovakia, Hungary, Azerbaijan
Group F: Spain, Sweden, Norway, Romania, Faroe Islands, Malta
Group G: Poland, Austria, Israel, Slovenia, Macedonia, Latvia
Group H: France, Iceland, Turkey, Albania, Moldova, Andorra
Group I: Belgium, Russia, Scotland, Cyprus, Kazakhstan, San Marino
Group J: Italy, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Finland, Greece, Armenia, Liechtenstein