Scotland Now Two Matches Away From Qatar: ‘We Are Getting Closer’

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The lack of triumphalism among Steve Clarke and his players as a World Cup play-off berth was a further indicator of the improvement of standards within the Scotland camp. The Scottish fans were ecstatic with the 2-0 victory in Moldova, which secured them second place in Group F, but Clarke had already set his sights on the task ahead. For example, advancing through two games in March would secure Scotland’s berth in the World Cup for the first time since 1998.

“We are not going to celebrate getting to a play-off,” Clarke said. “It is a measure of the improvement in the team and the squad. But we want to go to Qatar. When we get to March we will save the celebrations for then hopefully. ‘Job done’ is to qualify for Qatar.”

When Denmark visits Hampden Park on Monday evening, there will almost certainly be a party, but Clarke has a different perspective. To clinch a key seeded position in the play-offs, Scotland will almost probably need at least a draw against the group winners. That would imply a home game in at least one of the March games. “We need probably something from the game on Monday to be seeded but even without something on Monday night, we have to win two more matches,” added Scotland’s manager.

source : Guardian sport

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