European Championship Qualifier vs Israel @ Hampden Park
Cameron hails from Lanark, and represented Scotland as a member of Scotland Men’s Lacrosse National Team and the Scotland National Football Team before coming to the US to study at Medaille College in Buffallo NY three years ago.
Scotland have been on a solid run of recent form and are now a few good results away from qualifying for a major championship for the first time in over twenty years.
Recognizing the huge importance of the game, Clarke said his players “have a chance to make a little bit of history for their country.” It really is an exciting time for the Tartan Army, and especially for young people like myself who have never had the chance to experience Scotland play in a major tournament, is this the time?
The size of the Scotland squad has also increased for the upcoming fixtures, and understandably so, as Clarke went on to state, “Indeed the squad is bigger but we have three games in a very short space of time, it’s important we have options in the squad.”
Fitness concerns for the squad as a whole have also been expressed by the press in the build up to the fixtures. These concerns stem from the fact that thirteen members of the squad will play for their clubs the Sunday (4th October) prior to the international fixtures.
In response to these concerns Clarke said, “We’ve had good work in previous camps, so I think now that I feel comfortable that the principles of the way we want to play are more cemented.”
With Scotland sitting on potentially their biggest success of the last twenty years, it’s almost agonizing that they can’t have the famous ‘Hampden roar‘ around them as they strive for this incredible accomplishment.
Steve Clarke spoke on this noting, “the home advantage is eradicated by having no fans there, it’s something that we have to get used to, there’s not much point going on about the fans, we know that they are watching and supporting, socially distanced wherever they are.”
Playing against Israel is always a tough game for Scotland, with the sides sharing the points in a 1-1 draw last time out. Important then that we learn from our previous ties and use the experience to make ourselves better.
It really seems like Steve Clarke is starting to get things right in developing the identity of his team and their style of play, the quality of players has also increased with many of the squad representing some top English Premier League clubs.
Personally, I am very excited for the next couple months of international football and to see what Scotland can produce, but more immediately, I am so excited to watch them this coming week!