Preston North End manager and former Hamilton Accies boss Alex Neil reckons Scotland will be able to navigate their way past England.

The Scotsman has spent the last five years down south following a lengthy 10-year association with Hamilton as a player and manager. Currently, he is with Preston, who sit 14th in the Championship.

Neil is the Preston North End boss. (Photo by Alex Dodd – CameraSport via Getty Images)

Like many other people around Scotland, Neil watched with joy last week as the national team secured progress to a major tournament. Steve Clarke’s men beat Serbia 5-4 on penalties after a 1-1 draw over 120 minutes.

Now Euro 2020 awaits next summer and it will end a 23-year wait for tournament football. One of the matches in particular is mouthwatering, England facing Scotland at Wembley.


It’s a task the Preston North End boss is backing Scotland to accomplish successfully. He reckons Clarke’s men have it in them to beat ‘the auld enemy.’

Backing the nation. (Photo by Rob Newell – CameraSport via Getty Images)

“Yeah I did watch [the Serbia game],” he said in a press conference. “I was confident because we’d got through the previous round.

“Every Scotsman’s disappointment would’ve been that we probably should’ve seen the game out. I thought they’d done more than enough in the 90 minutes, I thought they were great up until probably the last five or 10 minutes of the game.

“And then, unfortunately, we conceded the goal and to be honest I was probably more nervous in extra time than I was in the penalties. Listen, we’ll take care of England and then look at the rest after that.”

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