Steve Clarke says Scotland have been practising penalties ahead of Israel clash

Steve Clarke admitted Scotland have been practising penalties ahead of their Euro 2020 play-off semi-final with Israel on Thursday.

Scotland, who have not qualified for a major tournament since 1998, can take a huge step towards taking part at the rescheduled Euro 2020 showpiece, due to take place next summer, with victory over Israel.

The match is a one-off, which means there has to be a result, one way or another, at Hampden Park, and Clarke is prepared for every eventuality.

  • McBurnie, Fraser return for Scotland
  • Walker: Scotland must improve ahead of play-off


“We have it in front us,” Clarke told Sky Sports. “We have two difficult games coming up – it is going to be tough.

“Everyone is aware of the size of the game. It is a knockout competition now and we will have to deal with it. It can go to 120 minutes, and it can go penalties.


“I always did it as a club manager that if you are going into a game that is going to penalties, then that week, in training, at then end of the sessions let everybody take a penalty and see what happens.

“But we know that taking one on a training pitch, and taking one in a stadium where there is a lot riding on it is a totally different experience.”

VAR will be in use at Hampden, too, something that Clarke himself is not overly familiar with.

“It will be my first experience of VAR as a manager,” Clarke added. “But hopefully it will pass without controversies and will just be a good game between two good teams.”

International Break? Not For Super 6!

During the brief international break, there is still £250,000 up for grabs with Super 6. Play for free, entries by 3pm Saturday.

Source: Read Full Article