Scotland take on Ukraine in the Nations League this evening as they look to regroup after a difficult summer.
The Scots were knocked out of their World Cup play-off semi-final by the Ukrainians at Hampden Park in June.
Steve Clarke’s side then suffered a dispiriting 3-0 Nations League defeat by Republic of Ireland, either side of expected wins over Armenia.
Scotland will now want to rally in their three quick-fire games this international break and claim top spot in Group B1.
They are currently second in the group ahead of two matches against Ukraine either side of a clash against Ireland.
Scotland v Ukraine: How to follow
This Nations League Group B1 tie will take place on Wednesday, September 21.
It is being held at Hampden Park in Glasgow and will kick off at 7:45pm.
The match will be shown on free-to-air television and will be on ITV 4 from 7pm. You can also live stream it for free via the ITV website.
talkSPORT will have updates from Scotland throughout the evening while talkSPORT.com will be running a live blog.
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Scotland v Ukraine: Team news
Scotland will be without captain Andy Robertson after the Liverpool star suffered a knee injury in the Champions League earlier this month.
Grant Hanley, Jacob Brown and Jon McLaughlin have also withdrawn from the squad.
- Goalkeepers: Craig Gordon (Heart of Midlothian), Liam Kelly (Motherwell), Robby McCrorie (Rangers)
- Defenders: Jack Hendry (Cremonese), Aaron Hickey (Brentford), Scott McKenna (Nottingham Forest), Nathan Patterson (Everton), Ryan Porteous (Hibernian), Anthony Ralston (Celtic), Greg Taylor (Celtic), Kieran Tierney (Arsenal)
- Midfielders: Stuart Armstrong (Southampton), Billy Gilmour (Brighton & Hove Albion), Ryan Jack (Rangers), John McGinn (Aston Villa), Callum McGregor (Celtic), Kenny McLean (Norwich City), Scott McTominay (Manchester United), David Turnbull (Celtic)
- Forwards: Che Adams (Southampton), Ryan Christie (Bournemouth), Lyndon Dykes (Queens Park Rangers), Ryan Fraser (Newcastle United)
Scotland v Ukraine: What has been said?
Clarke wants Scotland to start going through the gears again after stalling in the summer.
Assessing his squad, Clarke said: “We are as equipped as well as we have always been.
“I have always said it is a squad that has progressed well over my tenure.
“If I am being honest about it, I felt that June was the first time we stopped.
“And now we have to pick up the mantle and start progressing through these three difficult matches.
“We are in a position where we have our destiny in our own hands and that’s all you can hope for.
“I am looking forward to difficult matches, good opponents and hopefully, like I said, I felt we stalled a little bit in the summer and it would be nice to pick up the progress again.
“We have to do better than we did in the summer and we have to pick up the points to top the group.
“We want to come out these matches first in the group and we have everything in front of us.”
Scotland v Ukraine: Match facts
- Scotland are yet to lose at home in the UEFA Nations League (W5 D1), with only Germany and Italy (7 each) playing more often at home without losing in the competition.
- Ukraine have won seven of their 12 UEFA Nations League matches (D1 L4), failing to score in only one of those 12 games, a 4-0 defeat to Spain in September 2020.
- Scotland have only lost one of their last 14 home games in all competitions (W9 D4), although it came against the Ukraine in June.
- Ukraine have scored six goals in their three matches against Scotland, netting in every game (W2 L1). This will be their first meeting with them in the UEFA Nations League, with their other three coming in the qualifying for the European Championships (two) and World Cup (one).
- Scotland have lost two of their three matches against the Ukraine (W1), including a 3-1 home defeat in June in a World Cup qualifying play-off match.
- Stuart Armstrong has been involved in four goals in his last three appearances for Scotland (2 goals, 2 assists), one more than in his previous 30 matches for his national side (1 goal, 2 assists).
- After not scoring or assisting in his first 14 Scotland appearances under Gordon Strachan, Malky Mackay and Alex McLeish, John McGinn has been involved in 19 goals in 34 matches under Steve Clarke (13 goals, 6 assists), 11 more than any other player in that time.
- Since losing 4-0 to England in July 2021, Ukraine have lost just one of their 12 international matches (W5 D6), a 1-0 defeat to Wales in June in a World Cup play-off, the only time they’ve failed to score in that run.
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