Scotland will find out their opponents for the UEFA EURO 2024 Finals when the draw takes place on Saturday, 2 December.
Steve Clarke’s side cruised through qualification in a campaign that will live long in the memory of Scotland supporters to secure one of the 21 confirmed spots in the draw, with three teams yet to qualify through the play-offs.
UEFA EURO 2024 will be the second consecutive Men’s EUROs finals in which Scotland compete, after they confirmed their status as one of the top two Group A teams with two games to spare in a campaign that saw them pick up famous wins against Spain, Norway and Georgia - narrowly missing out on a Pot Two place in the draw in the process.
How does the draw work?
Host nation Germany are automatically assigned as Pot One seeds in Group A. The draw will then place the remaining teams from Pot 1 into Groups B-F, then the teams from Pot 2 will be placed into Groups A-F, and the same procedure applies to Pot 3 and Pot 4.
Teams will also be given a position within their group, which will determine their fixture schedule.
Germany are the only nation who know what position they will occupy in the draw. As position A1, they will play in the opening match of the tournament at the Munich Football Arena on Friday, 14 June.
Who could Scotland face?
Pot One features five of the top eight teams in the current FIFA World rankings. The remaining side, Germany, are currently at an all-time low of 16th in the rankings but will enjoy home advantage as host nation.
Pot Two features nations with whom Scotland will be reasonably familiar, having faced five of their possible six opponents within the last five years.
Scotland played Hungary in March 2018, triumphing 1-0 in Budapest in what was Alex McLeish’s second match of his second spell in charge of the national team.
While Scotland have overcome Albania on the only two occasions the nations have met – triumphing 2-0 and 4-0 in the inaugural Nations League campaign in 2018, the Albanians will be high on confidence having topped their qualification group ahead of the Czech Republic and Poland.
More recently, Denmark and Austria were opponents for Steve Clarke’s side in FIFA World Cup qualification in 2021. Denmark shared the spoils with Scotland during that campaign, each side winning 2-0 in their home match, while Scotland drew 2-2 at Hampden with Austria before a memorable 1-0 victory in Vienna paved the way for Scotland to secure a play-off spot in the campaign. Austria also provided the opposition in a March 2022 friendly, again in Vienna, the nations playing out an entertaining 2-2 draw.
Romania occupy the final spot in Pot Two having beaten top seeds Switzerland to first place in qualification Group I. Scotland last played Romania nearly a decade ago in 2004, a friendly at Hampden in which James McFadden scored a consolation goal in a 2-1 defeat.
Pot Four represents some potential pitfalls as well as mystery, with the three confirmed nations, Italy – current European champions after winning UEFA EURO 2020 – Serbia and Switzerland, all ranked higher than Scotland.
The remaining three spots in Pot Four will be made up of the play-off victors in March next year, with potential opponents including Wales, Ukraine and Georgia.
Pot 1: Germany (hosts), Portugal, France, Spain, Belgium, England
Pot 2: Hungary, Turkey, Romania, Denmark, Albania, Austria
Pot 3: Netherlands, Scotland, Croatia, Slovenia, Slovakia, Czech Republic
Pot 4: Italy, Serbia, Switzerland, Play-off winner A, Play-off winner B, Play-off winner C
Where to watch
The draw will be streamed live online on uefa.com from 5pm (UK) as well as on BBC Two and BBC iPlayer from 5.15pm.
Join us live immediately after the draw, as Scotland HQ Live returns with all the reaction. Hosts Gordon Smart and Amy Canavan will present the show live and be joined by a number of guests to chat about the draw, look ahead to Germany and celebrate our place at EURO 2024. Scotland HQ will be live on the Scotland National Team YouTube and Facebook following the conclusion of the draw.