Match Preview:

Scotland vs. Lithuania

Hampden Park


FIFA World Cup Qualifier Group F

Lithuania come to town tonight for what is set to be a special occasion at Hampden Park. 

Under the lights, the hosts will be looking to build on their 5-1 victory over Malta on a night where Darren Fletcher could potentially make his 75th appearance.

Previous meetings

Scotland and Lithuania are familiar foes, having been drawn together in four consecutive European Championships qualifying campaigns, from Euro 2000 to Euro 2012.

The Scots are unbeaten in their last five meetings and have won five of their eight matches, including all four at home, and lost just once - a 1-0 defeat in Kaunas in 2003.

Three Lithuanian players to watch

Midfielder Vykintas Slivka, who plays for Juventus and on loan at Den Bosch in the Netherlands, scored his first international goal against Slovenia last month.

Striker Nerijus Valskis is clinical in front of goal and scored 14 goals in his first 22 league games for Trakai this season to retain top scorer status in Lithuania’s top flight.

Former Hearts and St. Johnstone Arvydas Novikovas is a livewire and often provides goalscoring opportunities.

What the managers have said

Gordon Strachan: “I’ve been impressed with Lithuania. They are a real hard working side who will be willing to press out, put us under pressure and get the ball back.

“It’ll be an interesting game.

“I think we’ll need to be patient tomorrow night but you don’t know how the game will actually go until it starts.

“We’ve got a strong squad, especially at left-back. Wallace, Robertson and Tierney have been incredible in training this week.

“I’m happy for Darren Fletcher who is set to make his 75th appearance for Scotland. He’s a brilliant example for the younger players as he’s been everywhere and played in all the big games.

“He’s unassuming and humble off the pitch but on it he is a different animal.” 

Edgaras Jankauskas: “It’s not an everyday experience for us to play in such a big stadium as Hampden so we’ll need to be positive and not lose the game before it starts.

“My duty is to bring my players to the game calm and ready to fight because it’ll be a tough game tomorrow night.”

Event Information 

There will be a lot going on tomorrow night off the pitch at Hampden Park as well as on it with 500 supporter’s club members attending a sold-out event pre-match where they will be treated to live music and a Q&A with Peter Martin, Alan Rough and Frank McAvennie.

There will also be a chance for supporters to play FIFA 17.

On the concourse of the stadium there will be volunteers face painting, handing out ‘bang-bang sticks’ and flags.

Mascots Roary and Bonnie will be around the stadium too, to meet supporters and pose for selfies.

Spectators are encouraged to arrive at the stadium early with George Bowie set to perform a 'GBX nothing but anthems' set from 6.45pm until 7.20pm.

Before the teams run out, a large banner will be unveiled in the North Stand.


Tomorrow’s matchday programme is priced £3 and available from sellers around the ground.

It features an exclusive Q&A with Gordon Strachan and Oliver Burke as well as a focus on Lithuania and interviews with Robert Snodgrass, Callum Paterson and Scotland Women.

Ticket information 

You can buy in person from the ticket cabins located at the West Stand from 10am today up until kick-off.

Tickets are priced from £30 for Adults and from £10 for concessions.

Travel Information

Click here for travel advice ahead of the game regarding all transport to the game.

There will be a trial shuttle service in operation from Buchannan Street Bus Station from 1600-1900 hours, departing every 10 minutes.  

The buses will drop off at Langside College and Toryglen. 

People will only be permitted to use the service if they are in possession of a valid match ticket or ticket confirmation email. People are reminded that alcohol is not permitted.