The draw for the semi-finals of the UEFA EURO 2020 play-offs was made in Nyon, Switzerland this morning, with Scotland set to face Israel next spring.
Having topped Group C1 in the Nations League, Scotland had already secured a home tie for this fixture on Thursday, 26 March 2020.
The two semi-finals from League C are as follows:
Semi-final One: Scotland v Israel
Semi-final Two: Norway v Serbia
The draw was also made to determine where the final will be hosted, with the winner of semi-final two being selected. That means should Scotland defeat Israel at Hampden, Steve Clarke’s side will face a trip to either Norway or Serbia to make it to EURO 2020.
Speaking after the draw in Nyon this morning, Scotland head coach Steve Clarke said: “We are looking forward to the home semi-final against Israel in what is a hugely exciting challenge for us with a massive reward. The players know Israel well having faced them in the Nations League. It was a tough match over there but we showed our capabilities with a good win at Hampden last year.
“This is the time to believe. We have just finished what was a difficult campaign, having experienced a turbulent few years for players, fans and managers alike. It’s now time to channel the positivity following our recent results and focus on the semi-final in March first and foremost.”
He added: “We have three wins in a row and the benefit of momentum. We need to channel that positivity and focus on the many attributes we have. To have more than 50,000 people cheering us on at Hampden for the semi-final and the whole country watching at home is something that really excites me and will only serve as further inspiration to the players.
“We want to be active participants at EURO 2020, not just hosts, and we will give our all in what I believe will be two games. The Scotland fans always travel in their numbers and I hope they will do so once again if we were to reach the final, but for the moment our focus will be on the semi-final first and foremost."
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