Southampton and Scotland star Stuart Armstrong has no qualms about taking on the Czech Republic this evening.
The build-up to this game has been dominated by the Czech FA confirming late on Friday night that the game would be called off after an outbreak of COVID-19 in their camp.
Czech Republic men Roma striker Patrick Schick and West Ham midfielder Tomas Soucek are having to self-isolate following contact with a member of the Czech backroom staff who has tested positive for the virus.
But UEFA stated the game would go ahead despite the claim from the Czech FA that this would be off. A fresh set of Czech Republic players have been called up to face Scotland, with only two holding caps for their national team.
It’s a big opportunity for Steve Clarke’s team to take maximum points from what looked to be a difficult encounter. Speaking at his press conference, Armstrong says he’s not worried about travelling to Czech Republic as he acknowledges the rising pressure on Scotland.
“I think everyone is comfortable with the protocols in place,” Armstrong said. “Everyone is accepting of the new regulations in place. All the boys are quite happy to go.
“It was difficult at first, restricted in some ways. But once we started training again at Southampton it took a week or two for rules to slightly soften. You get used to your surroundings.
“I think there’s always expectation on us. Now they’re not fielding their strongest team, so to speak, the expectation will be greater, that’s natural. But we always have expectation on ourselves. So we’ll be looking to fulfil that when we go over there.
“We go into every game wanting to win and certainly, with the quality within the squad, we feel that we’re capable of producing good results. And we’re building up to do that and hopefully, we can over the next couple of months.
“There’s always expectation on us to do well and we always feel pressure going into games because we want to do well for the country and want to do well for ourselves and the team and so we’ll be looking for that to happen as we always do.”