The necessity to put off Scotland’s play-off semi-final in opposition to Ukraine till June on the earliest as a result of the on-going struggle inflicted on that nation through Russia way there might be a pot 4 place left necessarily unassigned.
It might be taken through Scotland, Ukraine or Wales, the country that lies in watch for whoever prevails of their behind schedule play-off semi-final.
The state of affairs explains why Clarke gained’t permit himself to take into consideration what the shakedown may imply for him and his gamers as he tunes in to look the balls being plucked from the glass bowls within the draw rite screened from Qatari capital Doha on April 1.
“I am not too bothered [about it] to be honest because we are not there yet. We will be in as a TBC – to be confirmed!” mentioned the Scotland supervisor. “We shall just wait and see. We will watch it and obviously we will be interested in what might be. But might be’s don’t matter in football. Not really [is there any pride being involved in the draw]. Not for me anyway. I want to get there. When we get there – if we get there – then we can start talking about pride and how well we have done. We have to get there and have two more steps to make.”
The logisitics taken with decanting a 22-man squad and intensive improve crew to the Middle East nation for no less than 3 weeks to contest a finals that may run from November 21 to December 18 way Scotland have already got needed to earmark 3 coaching camps.
“We have to qualify first. We have to qualify,” mentioned Clarke. “Graeme Jones, the head of performance has been out there and if get there we will get one of those three places and, whichever one, it will be adequate for us. It is just the uncertainty more than anything. But, as I always say, the backdrop to that is that we cannot complain about it because Ukraine are in a hell of a position in the way the country is. And the fact they are at war at this stage makes everything else totally inconsequential. We just have to deal with it.”