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Scotland will play Israel in Euro 2020 play-off semi-final

Steve Clarke's men are two wins away from reaching a first major tournament in 22 years.

Scotland geared up for the play-offs by beating Kazakhstan.
Scotland geared up for the play-offs by beating Kazakhstan. SNS

Scotland have been drawn against Israel in the Euro 2020 play-offs semi-final.

If they win that tie at Hampden on March 26, then will then travel to face Norway or Serbia four days later for a chance to end their 22-year wait for a place at a major tournament.

Scotland earned their play-off spot after winning their Nations League group, which also saw them face Israel, last year.

Under previous manager Alex McLeish, the Scots beat Israel 3-2 at Hampden after a 2-1 defeat in Haifa.

Current boss Steve Clarke urged the country to "believe" following three consecutive wins.

He said: "We are looking forward to the home semi-final against Israel in what is a hugely exciting challenge for us with a massive reward. The players know Israel well having faced them in the Nations League. It was a tough match over there but we showed our capabilities with a good win at Hampden last year.

"This is the time to believe. We have just finished what was a difficult campaign, having experienced a turbulent few years for players, fans and managers alike.

"This is the time to believe."
Scotland manager Steve Clarke

"It's now time to channel the positivity following our recent results and focus on the semi-final in March first and foremost.

"We have three wins in a row and the benefit of momentum."

Clarke is eagerly anticipating the prospect of flans flooding to Hampden for the semi-final clash against Israel.

He added: "To have more than 50,000 people cheering us on at Hampden for the semi-final and the whole country watching at home is something that really excites me and will only serve as further inspiration to the players.

"We want to be active participants at EURO 2020, not just hosts, and we will give our all in what I believe will be two games. The Scotland fans always travel in their numbers and I hope they will do so once again if we were to reach the final, but for the moment our focus will be on the semi-final first and foremost."

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