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DOUBLE EURO WARM-UP TESTS FOR SCOTS

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SCOTLAND have arranged two quickfire friendlies as they prepare for the Euro Finals in the summer.

The Scots will face the Netherlands and Luxembourg as part of the nation’s countdown for the first major finals since Craig Brown took the Scots to the World Cup in France in 1998.

Steve Clarke’s side will face the Dutch in the Estadio Algarve, near Faro, on June 2 and then Luxembourg away on June 6.

Scotland are due to open their Euro campaign against the Czech Republic at Hampden on June 14 before taking on England at Wembley four days later. They meet Croatia in Glasgow on the twenty-second.

A Scottish Football Association statement said: “Further details of Scotland’s preparations will be communicated in due course and in consultation with the Scottish Government with regard to elite athletes’ training camp guidelines.”

Boss Clarke added: “Luxembourg and Netherlands offer us two very different challengers, both valuable to us ahead of our Group D fixtures.

“The matches provide an opportunity to build on the progress that got us to the finals and fine-tune before what we all want to be a memorable return to a major tournament.”

IT TAKES TWO…Steve Clarke will be watching closely the form of goalkeepers David Marshall (above) and Craig Gordon who shared the last line of defence duties in the recent internationals. Marshall played in the draws against Austria (2-2) and Israel (1-1) while Gordon, seen making a stunning save, was the man in charge in the 4-0 win over the Faroe Isles. 

Luxembourg stunned the Republic of Ireland last month by winning their opening World Cup qualifier 1-0 in Dublin.

They also beat Azerbaijan, Cyprus and Montenegro in the Nations League during the autumn, ultimately finishing second.

Netherlands, who are managed by former Rangers and Barcelona defender Frank De Boer, are due to face Ukraine, Austria and North Macedonia in the Euros, with all of their group games in Amsterdam.

They lost their opening World Cup qualifier against Turkey last month before beating Latvia and Gibraltar.

UEFA has asked all competing nations for details on plans for crowd numbers to be relayed by host city organisers this week. Limits will be determined by the Scottish Government.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has previously expressed optimism that supporters will be able to attend games in Glasgow.

 

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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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