It looked like we were sailing towards three points on the Nations League road without even playing at the weekend before UEFA stepped in with unequivical force.
Now we are in the ultimate no win situation. Beat the Czech league select we must face after the original squad was routed by coronavirus quarantine and everyone will say it’s a case of meeting expectations – draw or lose and it’s a catastrophe in these bizarre circumstances.
And Steve Clarke ‘s men aren’t exactly coming into this one on a high after a flat 1-1 draw with Israel on Friday night.
Despite a plethora of attacking talent including the likes of Ryan Christie, John McGinn and Ryan Christie, the Scots could only register a single shot on goal in 90 frustrating minutes.
While tonight gives the opportunity to rectify that result and rack up three points it’s also a scenario that spells danger if complacency creeps in.
Czech Republic vs Scotland will take place on Monday, September 7 at the Andruv stadium in Olomouc.
The entire squad involved in Friday’s win over Slovenia have been placed into Covid-19 quarantine and an entirely new contingent has been hastily assembled in its place.
Only defender Roman Hubnik and striker Stanislav Tecl have caps to their name, but have spent four and two years out of the picture, respectively.
It creates a hugely unusual scenario for Scotland and Clarke will demand nothing but professionalism from his players in a match they are now fully expected to win.
Friday’s 1-1 draw against Israel was frustrating but the Scots have now been presented with an ideal opportunity to pick up three points.
Scotland: Marshall, McTominay, Robertson, McKenna, Dykes, Christie, Fleck, Cooper, Armstrong, McLean, Palmer.
Kick-off is at 19.45pm.
What channel is it on?
The game will be shown live, exclusively on Sky Sports.
Coverage will be shown on the Sky Sports Main Event channel and will begin at 7pm.