Scotland boss Steve Clarke says his side are still in for a tough night when he takes his team to the Czech Republic this evening.

It’s been touch-and-go whether this fixture was going ahead, with the Czech FA declaring the Nations League fixture in Olomouc had been postponed due to a COVID-19 outbreak in their camp.

Steve Clarke has had his preparations were under threat.

Steve Clarke has had his preparations were under threat. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

This came after their 3-1 win away to Slovakia and the news that West Ham midfielder Tomas Soucek and Roma striker Patrik Schick were ordered to self-isolate following contact with a backroom staff member who had contracted the virus.

But at the weekend their was a U-turn, UEFA insisting the match will take place. Czech Republic have since confirmed they will have “new players and staff members” for the game tonight.

It leaves Scotland with a huge opportunity to take three points from what on paper was their toughest Nations League game. Clarke, speaking at his press conference, has explained though that this will not be an easy task for his team.

 

“It is the same build-up for us, obviously a new-look Czech Republic team,” said Clarke. “We have a list of names that I believe is the official squad and myself and the analysts are working our way through so we know what position they play in and how they are.

“What I will say is they will be a good level because they are playing in the top flight in the Czech Republic which is a good level.

“If you were going as a club team from Britain to play a team from the Czech Republic you would expect a tough game, so we expect a tough game.

“That’s fine. If people want to say that (Scotland are under more pressure), that’s fine. We don’t run away from that. But we will prepare properly for the game and prepare to play the best team the Czech Republic can put out there and be ready to go.”

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