Scotland fans’ long wait for a return to the World Cup be a step closer to ending as qualifying heads into the final few rounds of games – with Steve Clarke’s side able to secure a spot in the playoffs TONIGHT if results go our way.
Saturday’s win over Israel leaves Scotland sitting four points ahead of both Israel and Austria on fourteen points, with only three games left and all three sides in action tonight.
With Scotland facing the Faroes, Israel host Moldova while the Austrians travel to Denmark to face the runaway group leaders.
Steve Clarke and his players already know that wins tonight and against Moldova in their next game will book their place in the semi-finals of the playoffs – but it isn’t that much of a stretch that it could happen tonight.
The most important part is for Scotland to win. No matter what else happens, Scotland must win tonight to have any chance of making it out of the group with our hopes of reaching Qatar next winter.
Once three points are in the bag (hopefully), defeat Israel and Austria tonight would leave Scotland seven points clear of their two challengers for second place with only six points left to play for.
Austria losing to Denmark in Copenhagen doesn’t seem too much of a stretch but a Moldovan win in Israel is a bit more of a punt.
The Moldovans have only picked up one point from seven games and sit bottom of the group so it doesn’t seem likely that they’ll pull off a shock win tonight but we can still dream.
There’s the small matter of a playoff semi-final and final to get through after that but, we might finally be getting closer to seeing Scotland at a World Cup for the first time since 1998.
How Scotland can qualify for the playoffs tonight:
Scotland must win and both Israel and Austria must lose.
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