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SFA DEMAND WIPE-OUT TO AID CLARKE

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SFA chiefs will demand all 
Premiership games are
 cancelled ahead of Scotland’s crucial Euro play-off against Israel.

According to a report in the Sunday Mail, the national hierarchy is growing increasingly frustrated that SPFL supremo Neil Doncaster has failed to give a definitive answer in talks about wiping out the top-flight card before the first game at Hampden on March 26.

The SFA initially wanted games on the Sunday
 cancelled, but the lack of
 progress from the SPFL will see the SFA make a stronger case when talks continue within the next few days.

However, if either Celtic or Rangers were to qualify for the last 16 of the Europa League they would be in action on Thursday, March 19, and their Premiership games would have to be moved to Sunday.

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That would further
 hinder international gaffer Steve Clarke’s build-up preparations for the vital confrontation that could help push the Scots towards their first major tournament since Craig Brown led the squad to France for the 1998 World Cup Finals.

The SFA will insist on a sanction to postpone ALL top-flight league matches that weekend.

That would require the agreement of broadcasters Sky and BT Sport and it is understood SPFL secretary Iain Blair has been having dialogue with them in an attempt to facilitate Clarke’s request.

Israel have already agreed to cancel their entire domestic fixture list ahead of the play-off showdown to let boss Andreas Herzog take his squad on a four-day training camp before the Hampden clash.

If Scotland overcome Nir Bitton and Co they will travel to either Norway or Serbia five days later to battle it out for a place in the Finals.

The tournament is due to start on Friday, June 12 and the showpiece showdown is scheduled for Wembley on July 12.

 

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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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