cotland vs Croatia LIVE!
Scotland hold their Euro 2020 fate in their hands tonight as they host Croatia in Glasgow.
Both teams have collected just one point from their opening two games in Group D, and a draw here would see each side exit the tournament.
After losing 1-0 to England and drawing 1-1 with the Czech Republic, Zlatko Dalic’s Croatia must beat Scotland to reach the last-16 – and they could still finish second in the group if they win at Hampden Park and England beat the Czech Republic.
As for Scotland, an impressive 0-0 draw against England leaves them in with a chance of the knockouts, but they must also win to at least finish third – but could also finish second if England lose and they better the Three Lions’ goal difference… though Billy Gilmour’s Covid test result is a huge blow.
With kick-off at 8pm BST, follow all the action with Simon Collings at Hampden Park!
A touching message for the whole of Scotland in the stands here…
Group D as it stands
Here is how things look in Group D. As you can see, Scotland need a win to progress… and they could leapfrog England into second if goal difference goes their way as well.
Arsenal getting behind Tierney
Scotland will need a special performance tonight against this Croatia side, and Arsenal have lent some late social support to their left-back Kieran Tierney.
So, Steve Clarke makes one enforced change with Stuart Armstrong took over from 20-year-old Billy Gilmour, who was ruled out after testing positive for Covid-19 following his first start against England at Wembley on Friday night.
John McGinn and Callum McGregor join Armstrong in the engine room, while Stephen O’Donnell and captain Andy Robertson the wing-backs, and Lyndon Dykes paired with Che Adams in attack again.
Luka Modric captains Croatia as expected while Josip Juranovic, Nikola Vlasic, Bruno Petkovic and Marcelo Brozovic return.
Full team news
Croatia XI: Livakovic, Juranovic, Lovren, Vida, Gvardiol, Kovacic, Brozovic, Perisic, Modric, Vlasic, Petkovic
Subs: Vrsaljko, Barisic, Caleta-Car, Brekalo, Kramaric, Kalinic, Budimir, Pasalic, Rebic, Badelj, Sluga, Ivanusec
Scotland XI: Marshall, McTominay, Hanley, Tierney, O’Donnell, Armstrong, McGregor, Robertson, McGinn, Dykes, Adams
Subs: Christie, Gordon, Fleck, Gallagher, Cooper, Turnbull, Nisbet, Fraser, McLaughlin, Patterson, Forrest, McKenna
Simon Collings at Hampden
No real surprise with that Scotland team, with Steve Clarke making just one change. That is an enforced one too, with Billy Gilmour out after testing positive for Covid-19.
Stuart Armstrong of Southampton comes in and that seems a good shout. He has plenty of running in his legs, which should help against the likes of Luka Modric.
Here is that Scottish starting XI…
Simon Collings in Glasgow
Simon is covering the game from us in Glasgow, and here is how things look…
Scotland showed real fight against England, with only a lack of quality in front of goal costing them a memorable win at Wembley.
For all their desire in London, the Scots are yet to score a goal in the group – and Croatia have real quality up top which should prove enough to qualify.
Croatia XI: Livakovic; Vrsaljko, Lovren, Vida, Gvardiol; Modric, Brozovic, Kovacic; Ivanusec, Perisic; Petkovic
Scotland XI: Marshall; McTominay, Hanley, Tierney; O’Donnell, Armstrong, McGinn, McGregor, Robertson; Adams, Dykes