Scotland v Poland live stream, Thursday 24 March, 7.45pm GMT
Scotland will be looking to win their seventh game on the bounce when they take on Poland in a hastily arranged friendly on Thursday.
Steve Clarke’s side were expecting to face Ukraine in the World Cup play-off semi-finals this week, but Russia’s invasion has seen that tie pushed back to June. It is not clear how UEFA intend to solve the matter if it is still not viable for Ukraine to play in three months’ time, but for now Scotland are preparing for a non-competitive game against Poland, who are also at a loose end after their semi-final was cancelled following the expulsion of Russia.
Unlike Scotland, who will not be in action competitively until the end of the club campaign, Poland will face the winner of Sweden vs Czech Republic in a play-off final on Tuesday. Czeslaw Michniewicz’s side will therefore not want to overexert themselves against Scotland, and any players carrying knocks or minor injuries will surely not be risked.
Scotland head into this match in fine form. They have won each of their last six fixtures, all World Cup qualifiers, including impressive victories over Austria, Israel and Denmark. Those results helped Clarke’s men finish second in their qualification group, thus setting up the play-off semi-final against Ukraine. Poland also finished as group runners-up in their section, two points clear of Albania and three above Hungary.
Craig Halkett has been called up to the Scotland squad for the first time, while Clarke could also hand senior debuts to Aaron Hickey and Ross Stewart. Ryan Fraser, James Forrest,David Turnbull and Liam Cooper miss out for various reasons, while David Marshall and Scott McKenna were initially selected but have been forced to drop out.
Poland will have to make do without Sebastian Walukiewicz, Maciej Rybus, Bartosz Kapustka and Karol Swiderski.
Kick-off is at 7.45pm GMT and the game is being shown live on Sky Sports Football the UK. You can find international broadcast options below.
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