Steve Clarke has been blooding in the likes of Chelsea starlet Billy Gilmour into his squad – and he wants to oversee the current Scotland project past World Cup 2022.

Clarke – who featured prominently for Chelsea as a player while coaching at the Stamford Bridge club, Liverpool and others – has guided Scotland to its first major tournament since 1998 at Euro 2020 this summer. He is taking a young squad with him too, handing David Turnbull and Gilmour debuts in a 2-2 draw with Netherlands on Wednesday.

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Chelsea legend Steve Clarke is set for an extended Scotland stay. (Photo by Aitor Alcalde – UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)

There’s mutual interest in the Scotland manager extending his stay with the national team beyond Qatar 2022, but will only think about the future once the Euros are over: “It’s not about me. I am going to concentrate on the team and hopefully get them in a good shape, do well in the tournament and let the Scottish public enjoy a tournament.

“It’s great to be involved, but it’s not about me. That will take care of itself after the tournament. I’ve been really consistent on things. I told you guys when we beat Serbia to qualify that I would be here for the tournament. I’m here. I’m telling you I want to be the guy who takes the team to the World Cup finals in Qatar in 2022.

“If that can happen with or without a new contract, I’m comfortable. I am enjoying the role. I have learned a lot in the two years I’ve been in the job. I feel more comfortable now as an international manager, or international head coach, than I did at the start. I’m enjoying the job.”

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