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EURO 2020: Scotland's day with destiny - can Steve Clarke's side overcome Croatia at Hampden Stadium tonight and create history by becoming the first Scots team to make it past the group stages of a major international tourney?


By Craig Christie

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IT'S the day of reckoning for Scotland at the European Championships.

Hampden Stadium
Hampden Stadium

Only a victory over Croatia at Hampden tonight will put Steve Clarke's team through to become the first Scottish international team to reach the knockout stages of a major tourney.

Despite the pre-match blow of Billy Gilmour's positive Covid case ruling the Chelsea youngster out of the big match, Clarke says his squad disruption has been kept to a minimum.

He admitted Gilmour, who was man of the match in the 0-0 draw with England on Friday, would definitely have started against Croatia but for his setback.

"He's upset as would be expected," Clarke said. "Hopefully he will get back to playing as quickly as possible.

"Obviously it's a blow for us in terms of the team. Billy would have started the game and now he won't, so it's a chance for someone else to come into the team and make themselves a national hero."

Scotland are the only team in Euro 2020 not to score a goal so far, following their 2-0 defeat against the Czechs and Friday's scoreless draw.

But statistics show they have had the most shots on target in their group and Clarke knows they will need to break their duck if they are to make progress.

"If we keep creating the chances we've created, if we keep having the shots on goal that we've had in previous matches, you would like to think that Lady Luck would be on our side and at least one of them will hit the back of the net."


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