Scottish Football LIVE: Czech boss confident, message of support to Scotland and Steve Clarke

The countdown is on to the next big Scotland international match.

Scotland manager Steve Clarke during the UEFA European Championship Qualifier between Scotland and Kazakhstan at Hampden Park, on November 19, in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Craig Williamson / SNS Group)
Scotland manager Steve Clarke during the UEFA European Championship Qualifier between Scotland and Kazakhstan at Hampden Park, on November 19, in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Craig Williamson / SNS Group)

Tomorrow evening it’s Israel in opposition for Steve Clarke’s side and the chance of another play-off – for a World Cup qualifier – is in the balance.

There are permutations to topping the Nation’s League group over tomorrow night’s hosts, Slovakia and the Czech Republic – but at the moment it’s Scotland’s to lose.

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Aside from news from the camp there’s plenty going on at home with Claire Whyte due to leave her SFA compliance officer role, and clubs gearing up for the return of their international stars and the return of domestic duties in the SPFL at the weekend. Of course there is also the on-going Covid-19 pandemic, restrictions and the impacts this has on football.

We’ll have all the latest news and updates from throughout the day in our live blog and online at The Scotsman website.

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Scottish Football LIVE: November 17

Last updated: Wednesday, 18 November, 2020, 18:05

  • Updates from across the country
  • Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Hello, and welcome to the Scotsmna’s live blog for Tuesday, November 17.

Scotland aren’t in action until tomorrow, but we’ll keep you updated with all the news as it happens here in the blog and on The Scotsman website.

Scotland are on a high in Europe after that win in Serbia - and now on top of the world thanks to Drew McIntyre’s WWE win last night.

He sent a message to the team en route to winning the WWE Championship.

There’s plenty going on around the country - here’s a look at some of the headlines and stories doing the rounds this morning

International boss FEARS; Man Utd goalkeeper LOAN to SPFL; Rangers man TIPPED for EPL move; Boss hopes to keep Celtic target - SPFL Scottish Premiership rumour mill

International week doesn’t slow down the Scottish rumour mill – especially with January and the transfer window not too far away on the horizon.

There’s a lot on the line tomorrow night - both in Netanya, Israel and the Doosan Arena in Plzen.

But Czech Republic boss Jaroslav Silhavy is confident it will be his side topping the group in the Nation’s League - with headlines on several of the newspapers this morning stating his belief that Scotland will blow it or crumble against Israel.

All Steve Clarke’s side needs is to match, or better, the Czechs.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon’s announcements on the coronavirus pandemic and Scottish Government’s latest response this afternoon will have a bearing on Scottish football one way or another.

Ross County boss Stuart Kettlewell will be listening carefully - he’s lined up an overnight stay for the squad at Kilmarncok’s Park Hotel - in the shadow of Rugby Park - to prepare right up until kick-off.

If that’s not allowed, the Staggies will travel on Saturday morning - and stop off for food in Perth - one and a half hours away from the ground.

Two Rangers games, and two  Celtic games - including one between both will be shown on Sky Sports over the festive period.

Rangers and Celtic games, plus Old Firm New Year meeting, to be shown live on Sky Sports

Rangers’ home matches over the festive period will both kick off at 12.30pm to accommodate live TV coverage from Sky.

Hibs’ trip to Ibrox will now kick off at 12.30pm as will the Old Firm derby.

Celtic’s Boxing Day match at Hamilton will follow the Rangers v Hibs match on Sky Sports and kick off at 3pm.

Rangers midfielder Steve Davis has left the Northern Ireland camp ahead of the match with Romania, for personal reasons.

It’s been a busy old day with the SFA announcing some updates for grassroots football in light of the Scottish Government’s announcements yesterday.

And then within the last hour there’s been ANOTHER departure at Hampden. 

Malky Mackay leaves SFA Performance Director role, believes 'significant progress' made during tenure

Malky Mackay has stepped down from his position as Scottish football’s Performance Director after four years.

Incase you missed it, here’s that important update for grassroots football.

Can my child still play football? Scottish FA issues update on games in new Tier 4 restrictions

Changes to grassroots football training and matches have been made public by the Scottish Football Association, following the Scottish Government’s coronavirus tier movements for 11 council areas.

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