Tue 31 May 2022 | 16:59

Scotland boss: Nothing but good wishes for Ukraine except in our match

Scotland are eager to qualify for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, and manager Steve Clarke insists his team will give it their best against Ukraine.


manager Steve Clarke is "desperate" to qualify for the Qatar 2022 World Cup as his team prepares for a tense match against



This week, the two teams meet in a

UEFA qualifying semi-final at Hampden Park

, with the winner facing Wales for a place in the end-of-year competition.

The encounter will be Ukraine's first competitive play since Russia attacked their country in February, and neutrals are expected to root for Oleksandr Petrakov's side in Glasgow. 

The 58-year-old boss thinks the dramatic tone of the match will be set by their opponents, but that his team will be solely concentrated on their own on-field objectives. 

"We always said we would be guided by the Ukrainians as to how they felt," he stated.

"They made a decision to get their football players out of the country and into a training camp to prepare for the game because they want to play, they want to try and give their nation a boost by qualifying for Qatar.

"The game goes ahead but still with the horrific outside influence, for us we focus on the game on football.

"Nothing but good thoughts and good wishes for them, except during the game.

"They want to go to Qatar to represent their country but I'm desperate to go to Qatar with Scotland.

"My staff are desperate to go and most importantly our players are desperate to take their country to a World Cup final so that's what we focus on."


source: SportMob

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