World Cup qualifying

Scotland to face Ukraine in play-off semi-final

John Souttar

Vital: Scotland’s win over Denmark (pic: SNS Group)

Scotland will face Ukraine at Hampden Park in the play-off semi-final as they battle for a place at Qatar 2022.

If they beat the Euro 2020 quarter-finalists, the Scots will meet the winners of Wales-Austria for a place in their first World Cup finals since France 98.

Steve Clarke’s men defeated Denmark earlier this month to go into the draw as one of the six seeds with home advantage, however the Scots will be away from home should they reach the play-off final.

“We have shown over the course of the play-offs for Euro 2020 that we can handle the tension for semi-final and final games, and hopefully we can prove that again in March,” said Clarke.

“I’m sure all the players who are hopeful they’ll be picked come March will be raring to go come the games.

“The excitement will build gradually over the next four months. But for now the players have to concentrate on their form.”

Elsewhere, Russia take on Poland, with the victors facing either Sweden or the Czech Republic while if Euro 2016 champions Portugal defeat Turkey they will host either Euro 2020 winners Italy or North Macedonia.

The semi-finals will be held on 24/25 March, with the finals taking place on Tuesday 29 March.

The last time Scotland played Ukraine, goals from Kenny Miller, Lee McCulloch and James McFadden gave them a 3-1 victory in a European Championship qualifier in Glasgow in 2007.

Play-off draw: Wales/Austria v Scotland/Ukraine; Russia/Poland v Sweden/Czech Republic; Portugal/Turkey v Italy/North Macedonia.

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