Clarke Aims for Four-point Goal, Scotland Hopes to Progress to Euro 2024 - Football News - Latest Global News

Clarke Aims for Four-point Goal, Scotland Hopes to Progress to Euro 2024 – Football News

Steve Clarke hopes to lead Scotland into the knockout phase of a major tournament for the first time at the 2024 European Championship. The target to progress is just four points.

Scotland have failed to progress beyond the group stage in their last eleven attempts at World and European Championships.

Clarke’s team will face hosts Germany in their opening Group A match on Friday, before facing Switzerland and Hungary.

With the top two teams and four of the best third-placed teams progressing, Clarke made his ambitions for the upcoming UEFA tournament clear.

“The bottom line is that we need four points to get out of the group. That almost guarantees us being out of the group for good,” Clarke told BBC Sport.

“That always happens. With three points and zero goals you would probably be out of the group, so we have to look at each game in isolation and make sure we are competitive in every game. And realistically, the last game is your chance to qualify.”

“Hopefully we have already achieved that with the points we have gained from the first two games, but if we reach the last game like we did in the last tournament, we had to go to Wembley, we had to get at least one point against England, we gave ourselves a chance before the game against Croatia.

“Okay, we didn’t quite make it over the finish line, but with a goal to 1 in the Croatia game you have a chance, you always have that hope, that expectation that you might make it.”

Scotland is taking part in a European Championship for the fourth time after 1992, 1996 and 2020, without ever having reached the knockout rounds of these tournaments.

Clarke’s team have won only two finals in the tournament’s history – against the CIS in 1992 and against Switzerland in 1996 – and failed to score in six of their nine games.

The Scottish coach will be only the third, alongside Andy Roxburgh (1990 World Cup, 1992 European Championship) and Craig Brown (1996 European Championship, 1998 World Cup), to lead his country to consecutive international tournaments.

His message to the players is clear: hold on until the last game.

Clarke added: “In the last game we play against Hungary. That’s where we want to be – in a similar situation where we know we can get a result and qualify.”

As for Scotland’s starting line-up in Munich, captain Andy Robertson and Lawrence Shankland returned to training in Garmisch-Partenkirchen on Tuesday.

“I probably have two in mind that I’m still thinking about and we’ll be working on those over the next few days,” Clarke concluded.

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