NATIONAL coach Craig Levein has emerged from the UEFA Euro 2012 Group I dates meeting happy with his qualification schedule.
"I am relatively pleased with the outcome," he said. "We went in with certain objectives that we wanted to achieve and with the exception of one compromise, I consider it a good result.
"We were adamant that we did not want a game in June and wanted a week´s preparation for the four games against the Czechs and Lithuania. We also wanted Spain in October, which we got.
"I want to give a lot of credit to George Peat and Gordon Smith for the groundwork in the build-up between the draw and today. The outcome shows that the behind-the-scenes work this morning and the preparatory work done when we arrived on Thursday was important in trying to cement a fixture schedule that suited us. It was a lot more productive than turning up and starting from scratch.
"The draw itself is only positive if we manage to turn what we think is a promising fixture schedule into points."
GROUP I UEFA Euro 2012 qualifiers match dates are as follows.
Friday 3rd September Lithuania v Scotland
Liechtenstein v Spain
Tuesday 7th September Scotland v Liechtenstein
Czech Republic v Lithuania
Friday 8th October Czech Republic v Scotland
Spain v Lithuania
Tuesday 12th October Scotland v Spain
Liechtenstein v Czech Republic
Friday 25th March Spain v Czech Republic
Tuesday 29th March Lithuania v Spain
Czech Republic v Liechtenstein
Saturday 4th June Liechtenstein v Lithuania
Tuesday 7th June No games
Friday 2nd September Lithuania v Liechtenstein
Saturday 3rd September Scotland v Czech Republic
Tuesday 6th September Spain v Liechtenstein
Scotland v Lithuania
Friday 7th October Czech Republic v Spain
Saturday 8th October Liechtenstein v Scotland
Tuesday 11th October Spain v Scotland
Lithuania v Czech Republic
Please note due to new UEFA regulation all international midweek games are now to be played on Tuesdays to allow players more recovery time when returning to their clubs. To allow sufficient rest time during double headers, the home associations in the first game are allowed to schedule for a Friday evening. The police in Scotland have prohibited Friday night games therefore should the first game of a double header be our home tie, then it will be played on a Saturday afternoon.
Wednesday, 17 February 2010