ROD PETRIE’S plan for an SPFL shutdown before Scotland’s Euro play-off will be scuppered.

The SFA president had hoped Premiership clubs and TV bosses could reach an agreement to postpone games to help out Steve Clarke’s side.

However, according to a media report, that will be given the thumbs down because the domestic schedule is already too crowded.

Scotland face two crunch games in five days next year, on March 26 and 31, as they attempt to reach the Euro 2020 Finals which will be their first major tournament since Craig Brown led the nation to the World Cup in France in 1998.

Clarke was hoping to take home-based stars on a mini-training camp, if the SPFL agreed to postpone league matches the previous weekend.

But league chiefs feel it’s a non-starter due to the complexity of the fixture calendar and prior TV commitments.

A spokesman said: “We would always be keen to help the national side if possible, but, as Steve Clarke acknowledged, in a very congested schedule any such request is difficult to deliver.

“In addition, there is a real possibility of fixtures going to Sunday, regardless of whether Celtic and Rangers progress in the Europa League.”

At the moment, there is a full Premiership card pencilled in for the weekend of March 21.



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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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