The 2020-21 UEFA Nations League draw will be conducted in Amsterdam on Tuesday – beginning at 5pm UK time. You can watch live on the UEFA website.

Scotland are one of 16 nations in League B, following a successful group stage campaign in which we topped our League C group.

Leagues A, B and C will all be comprised of 16 countries split in to four groups, whilst League D will be made up of seven nations.

The change in format will minimise friendly matches and increase sporting fairness, as all teams in the same group will play their final match on the same day at the same time.

Alongside Scotland in the League B draw will be Russia, Austria, Wales, Czech Republic, Norway, Serbia, Finland, Slovakia, Turkey, Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Bulgaria, Israel, Hungary and Romania.

Those teams are divided in to four pots based on their UEFA National Team Coefficient Ranking, with the pots lined up as follows:

Pot 1: Russia, Austria, Wales, Czech Republic

Pot 2: Scotland, Norway, Serbia, Finland

Pot 3: Slovakia, Turkey, Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland

Pot 4: Bulgaria, Israel, Hungary, Romania

That means Steve Clarke’s side cannot be drawn against Norway, Serbia or Finland, but could face any of the other 12 sides making up Pots 1, 3 and 4.

Here, we take a look at Scotland’s possible opponents for the 2020/21 Nations League.


Scotland’s recent history with Russia would suggest that Stanislav Cherchesov’s side would be one of the hardest potential opponents in Tuesday’s draw.

The Russians enjoyed a near perfect 2019, losing twice to Belgium but winning every other match in EURO 2020 Qualifying Group I in style, scoring 31 goals in the process.

The 2018 World Cup Quarter-Finalists only shipped one goal in those eight matches and that was thanks to a John McGinn goal at Hampden where the Russians went on to win 2-1.

Russia remain in League B of the Nations League after missing out on top spot of Group B2 despite being tied on seven points with Sweden, who edged the group by a single goal.


Austria also remain in League B by a narrow margin after missing out on top spot of Group B3.

A 78th minute Edin Dzeko winner in a crucial head-to-head encounter with Bosnia and Herzegovina was the difference between the sides in their Nations League campaign.

In a tricky EURO 2020 Qualifying group, Austria finished second and earned their spot at the tournament after winning six games in their group.

Whilst Bayern Munich’s David Alaba is the standout name, Austria also boast a number of talented individuals to watch.

RB Leipzig star Marcel Sabitzer and Julian Baumgartlinger of Bayer Leverkusen have 42 and 74 caps respectively and Marko Arnautovic’s 26 goals in 85 International appearances makes him the standout danger man in Franco Foda’s ranks.


Scotland and Wales last went head-to-head back in 2013 but could find themselves drawn against one another on Tuesday.

The two nations were last drawn against one another in 2014 World Cup Qualifying Group A, when Wales won 2-1 in both of their encounters with Scotland.

Gareth Bale, who struck a dramatic late double in the first of Wales two victories in Group A, is an obvious standout for manager Ryan Giggs.

The Welsh, who qualified for EURO 2020 from Group E also have the likes of Aaron Ramsey and Daniel James to call upon, with those two stars plying their trade with European giants Juventus and Manchester United respectively.

Czech Republic

The Czech’s recovered from an opening 5-0 loss to England in Group A to secure second place and a spot at Euro 2020.

In the Nations League, Czech Republic were joined by Ukraine and Slovakia in Group B1 but were edged out by a near-perfect Ukraine side who lost just once.

Scotland and Czech Republic last went up against one another in 2016, when Ikechi Anya’s early goal was enough to separate the sides in Prague.


Scotland supporters will be familiar with Slovakia, having watched Gordon Strachan’s side face the potential Nations League opponents back in 2018 World Cup Qualifying, one of the most dramatic qualifying campaigns in Scottish football history.

Renowned for the iconic Leigh Griffiths free-kick double against England, Group F saw some dramatic moments for the Tartan Army – one which came against Slovakia.

With qualification hopes dangling in the balance, an 89th minute own-goal from former Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel looked to be a defining moment for Scotland as the game ended 1-0.

However, it was the Slovakians themselves who dealt a crushing blow to Scotland supporters as they pipped Strachan’s men to a place at the 2018 World Cup on goal difference.


Alongside Slovakia in Pot 3 are Turkey, who are preparing for a third successive major tournament after sealing qualification for EURO 2020.

In the Nations League, Turkey could perhaps be considered one of the trickiest opponents for Steve Clarke’s side given their impeccable form across 2019.

Led by the likes of Hakan Calhanoglu, Cengiz Under and Caglar Soyuncu, Turkey registered just one defeat last year in a 2-1 loss against Iceland.

Two matches against World Champions France ended in Turkey’s favour, with a 2-0 win followed up by a 1-1 draw away from home.

Republic of Ireland  

The prospect of facing either Republic of Ireland or Northern Ireland is sure to be a tantalising thought for supporters of all three nations, with a 50% chance of the draw dealing Scotland such a fixture.

In the Republic of Ireland, Scotland could be in line for a first meeting with the Pot 3 side since the memorable encounters in EURO 2016 qualification.

The Tartan Army will need no reminder of Shaun Maloney’s stunning winner in the 1-0 victory at Celtic Park in 2014.

Northern Ireland

A mere 12 miles separates Scotland’s coastline from Northern Ireland’s, yet this potential fixture feels largely like unknown territory.

It has been five years since Scotland and Northern Ireland last faced each other. That particular encounter, which ended 1-0 in Scotland’s favour, was only a friendly.

Yet in Northern Ireland, Scotland could be drawn against difficult opposition.

Their EURO 2020 Group got off to a perfect start, winning four matches on the bounce. Despite a memorable 0-0 draw against Netherlands, Northern Ireland fell narrowly short in their bid to qualify for a second consecutive European Championships in a group that also included Germany.


A positive Nations League group stage for Bulgaria was followed up with a forgettable EURO 2020 Qualification campaign.

The Bulgarians finished with just six points in Group A, alongside England, Czech Republic, Kosovo and Montenegro.

In a difficult Nations League group containing Norway, Cyprus and Slovenia, Bulgaria finished comfortably in second and just two points behind Norway.


Scotland supporters will be familiar with this potential Pot 4 opponent, having seen the two sides go head-to-head in the Nations League group stages.

In the first meeting, a first-half penalty from Charlie Mulgrew put Alex McLeish’s side in front at the interval, before a Dor Peretz strike and an own goal from Kieran Tierney saw Israel claim a valuable three points in front of their home supporters.

In the match that mattered most though, it was Scotland who came out on top, clinching Group C1 and earning a spot in this month’s play-off, where Scotland and Israel meet again in their bids for a spot at EURO 2020.


Under head coach Marco Rossi, Hungary secured second place in their Nations League group and were part of one of the tightest groups in EURO 2020 Qualification.

Just two points separated Wales, Slovakia and Hungary in Group E, with Croatia topping the group on 17 points.

The memorable moment for Hungary supporters came in the shape of a 2-1 win against 2018 World Cup runners-up Croatia as the Hungarians secured that victory in Budapest having trailed by a goal.

There is fairly recent history to recall between Hungary and Scotland, with the two going up against one another in Alex McLeish's first match in charge in his second spell at the helm. Matt Phillips scored the only goal of the game as Scotland emerged victorious in a tightly contested friendly in Budapest.


Romania finished second in a Nations League group which contained Serbia, Montenegro and Lithuania.

Three was the magic number for Romania who won three, drew three and conceded just three goals along the way.

In a difficult qualification group, Romania finished fourth behind Norway, Sweden and table-toppers Spain. In their meeting with the former World and European Champions, Romania lost narrowly back in September, with Sergio Ramos and Paco Alcacer inflicting a 2-1 defeat on Scotland’s potential opponents in the 2020/21 Nations League.