Scotland head coach Steve Clarke revealed that his side is ready for a must-win game against Moldova. They have managed just one win in their first four games and are seven points behind the group leaders Denmark. With just the top two from the group getting a playoff spot, it looks like a three-horse race with Israel and Austria. Clarke believes that the players are well aware of the consequences of dropping any points against the weakest team in the group.

“We need points to keep us in contention so that come October, November we’re in the mix for qualification,” Scotland head coach Steve Clarke said. “We need a performance and a win against Moldova and that’s what we’re focusing on. We can’t think too much about the Austria game (on Tuesday), we have to win against Moldova. We have to win, nobody’s shying away from that. If we can win and play well, it will be great. If we can just win, that will be fine. Hopefully, the performance and result marry up. We’ll be good though. The lads have been good in training.”

“There’s a little edge to them, you can feel it. They know they’re going into a pivotal moment in the group so let’s see what we produce,” he added. “You always have to set out to get the maximum you can from any situation but obviously after Wednesday’s result, it’s going to be more difficult to finish first. Is second still attainable? Very much so, yes.”

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