SCOTLAND will play Ukraine on Wednesday June 1 in their delayed World Cup play-off semi-final at Hampden.

The date has been given the go-ahead and the winners of the tie will take on Wales in Cardiff four days later to determine which country takes their place in Qatar in the Finals in November and December.

The original fixture was due on March 24, but was postponed due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Gareth Bale netted two goals to give the Welsh a 2-1 victory over Austria in their last-four confrontation and they now await the victors at the Cardiff City Stadium.

WORLD CUP GO-AHEAD…Steve Clarke will welcome the date against the Ukraine.

Russia were due to take part in the World Cup play-offs, but were thrown out of the tournament as a sanction for its actions in Ukraine.

That handed Poland a bye into the path B final, in which they saw off Sweden to secure their place in the World Cup in Qatar this winter.

The schedule of the UEFA Nations League groups A4 and B1, which include the three teams involved in the play-off path: Scotland, Ukraine and Wales, has been rearranged as a result.

June 1

A4 – Poland v Wales

June 4

B1 – Armenia v Republic of Ireland

June 8

A4 – Belgium v Poland
A4 – Wales v Netherlands
B1 – SCOTLAND v Armenia
B1 – Republic of Ireland v Ukraine

June 11

A4 – Netherlands v Poland
A4 – Wales v Belgium

June 14

A4 – Netherlands v Wales
A4 – Poland v Belgium

September 21

B1 – SCOTLAND v Ukraine

September 24

B1 – SCOTLAND v Republic of Ireland
B1 – Armenia v Ukraine

September 27

B1 – Republic of Ireland v Armenia
B1 – Ukraine v SCOTLAND


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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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