Scotland boss Steve Clarke said he is excited to see a full house at Hampden Park when they play their World Cup qualifier against Israel. A crowd of 50,000 is expected to be in attendance after COVID restrictions have been relaxed recently. Scotland helped their hopes of a playoff spot with a 1-0 win over Austria last month. They sit second in the table behind runaway leader, Denmark. Steve Clarke will prepare for Israel, a side that they will be playing for the seventh time in three years.
“Recent experiences tell you it is going to be a tight game.” Scotland boss Steve Clarke said. “There is not a lot between the two countries. It will be a good technical game I think, one we are looking forward to. This time we have something a little bit different, we have a full house at Hampden which we haven’t had before. I am intrigued to see if that makes a difference. It is exciting for me, the first time as head coach that I will have experienced a full house at Hampden.”
“I have spoken quite a lot about how I feel we have improved over my tenure and I think the Israelis have done the same under their coach. They have done well, they have improved,” he added. “Obviously we both had big results against Austria, last time we had a great win in Vienna, Israel had a great result at home to Austria so it has made it interesting. Third seed against fourth seed in the group, and suddenly it is a big game for second place and that is a credit to both nations.”