Scotland in talks over mouth-watering June friendly with the Netherlands before the European Championships as Steve Clarke’s side prepare for their first major tournament in 23 years
- Scotland are in talks over a pre-Euro 2020 friendly against the Netherlands
- The Scottish FA are discussing plans to hold the June friendly in the Algarve
- The Scots will be playing in their first major tournament in 23 years this summer
- Frank de Boer’s Holland have also reached this year’s European Championships
Scotland are in talks over a glamour friendly with Frank de Boer’s Holland in the Algarve as one of the final warm-up games for the Euro finals.
Steve Clarke has confirmed plans to play a couple of friendlies in preparation for the national team’s first appearance at a major finals in 23 years.
Talks over a game with the Republic of Ireland in Spain have been shelved after the Irish FA confirmed plans to play Hungary and Andorra instead.
Scotland are in talks over a glamour pre-Euro 2020 friendly with the Netherlands in Portugal
The potential friendly against the Netherlands would be held at the Estadio Algarve in Faro
The SFA are now weighing up a number of options, with reports in the Netherlands claming a meeting with the Dutch in Faro in June has been pencilled in.
SFA sources say the game is just one of the possibilities on the table, with plans subject to Covid approval from the Scottish Government. A final decision is expected next month.
The Scots are also likely to play at least one more game against overseas opponents yet to be confirmed before their first group game against the Czech Republic on June 14 at Hampden.
Meanwhile, Clarke wants his Scotland players to use the Euro finals to prove they can mix it with the best.
Frank de Boer’s Scotland are also competing in this summer’s European Championships
Winless in four game since winning a play-off in Serbia in November, their hopes of reaching the World Cup finals in Qatar already hang by a thread after back-to-back draws with Austria at Hampden and Israel in Tel Aviv.
Insisting it’s too soon for knee-jerk reactions, Clarke says his side are a work in progress.
And he hopes a solid show against the Czechs, England and Croatia in June will boost self belief and galvanise hopes of a first appearance at a World Cup since France 98.
‘Four points from Israel and Austria (home and away) would put us in a very strong position and that’s exactly what we’ll look to achieve,’ said the Scotland boss. ‘But people have to remember this team of ours is still growing. The more experience the players get, the better they’ll be.
Scotland have drawn their two opening World Cup qualifying matches with Austria and Israel
‘The next round of World Cup matches is still five months away from now and we can do a lot more growing over that time. We’ll have at least three matches to play in the Euros and hopefully maybe even more.
‘So this team will grow again before we return to the World Cup campaign and that could be hugely significant in terms of our development.
‘There has to come a moment in time where we believe we are good enough to go and take points from the Pot 1 teams and hopefully that’s going to be the case in this campaign.
Steve Clarke is expecting his Scotland side to grow during the exciting summer for the country
‘I believe the players are good enough to do that already but they have to believe more in themselves.
‘If they grow more over the next few months and prove to themselves what they can do at the Euros, then we might be in a very different place when the World Cup qualifiers come back around.’
Scotland face the Faroe Islands at Hampden in their final competitive game before the Euros tomorrow night.