Nations League draw

Clarke eyes Nations League promotion for Scots

Steve Clarke

Target: Steve Clarke (pic: SNS Group)

Scotland boss Steve Clarke believes his team has a “realistic” chance of promotion to Group A in the Nations League after the draw paired them with Ukraine, Republic of Ireland and Armenia.

The Scots are due to meet Ukraine in a World Cup semi-final play-off at Hampden Park in March so will be very familiar with their opponents by the time the summer comes along.

“The games against the Republic of Ireland will always be good for the supporters,” said Clarke. Obviously, we have Ukraine in the World Cup play-offs. Hopefully we find a way to beat them three times.

“Being drawn against Ukraine doesn’t add anything to the play-off match at all. The game in March, everyone knows the magnitude of that game and the importance of it.

“Armenia is a new one, Scotland haven’t played them before. They are a relatively new nation and have had a couple of good results so they are a decent team.

“When you’re in a draw with teams of the same level, you’re going to expect three difficult opponents – that’s what we got.

“Stepping up to Group A of the Nations League is a realistic target for us but it’s also a realistic target for all four teams in the group.

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