Alan Pattullo The waiting is nearly over. Are we more or less well equipped than we might have been in March, when the tie was firstly meant to be played? It’s a questionable point. There’s the hot want that Kieran Tierney was available. We could have done with a fit Nathan Patterson too. Whatever Scotland’s problems, they’re nothing compared to a Ukraine side who have several players who haven’t seen any competitive action for months for egregious reasons. And also there’s the internal impact of what’s going on at home. It’s insolvable to gauge what impact that might have. They will, however, be extremely motivated. Take that as read. But so will Scotland, roared on by a capacity crowd who are paining to see their side at another World Cup. It’s set to be an emotional, anxious and veritably conceivably long night. Scotland 2 Ukraine 1( aet).
Andrew Smith Buckle up might be the stylish advice to give to any Scotland supporter heading along to Hampden. None of the rudiments that give the background to the country’s World Cup play- offsemi-final against Ukraine suggest a straightforward hassle. It’s delicate to know how the callers will deal with the onerous responsibility placed on their shoulders to lift a nation destroyed by an horrendous war foisted on them by Russia. Or how match-sharp the home- grounded players in their platoon will be following a month in a Slovenian training crusade, and a set of friendlies, posterior to the necessary suspense of domestic football since the Marchinvasion.However, also they’re a side so unevenly- matched with Steve Clarke’s men, it would feel to set up a play- off that could fluently go the distance, If the Ukraine platoon can perform to theirpre-war capabilities. Neither country has lost since last summer’s Euro 2020 tests, while neither are fat goalscorers. A 1- 1 scoreline over 120 twinkles that gives way to Scotland edging a penalty shoot- eschewal must be an eminently possible outgrowth, also.
Stephen Halliday If timing is indeed everything, there’s little mistrustfulness that the tallied date for the World Cup play- offsemi-final at Hampden doesn’t immaculately suit either Scotland or Ukraine. But the necessary circumstances girding the detention don’t bear reiteration as the players of both nations seek to concentrate on their professional and competitive desire to play at the tests in Qatar latterly this time. Scotland are bidding for a seventh successive palm in qualifying matches under Steve Clarke after finishing their group stage crusade in similar emotional fashion last time. Despite losing crucial protector Kieran Tierney and midfielder Ryan Jack to injury, the Scots are sufficiently well- equipped to extend that winningrun.However, the Tartan Army should be looking forward to a play- off final against Wales in Cardiff on Sunday, If Clarke’s men can replicate the tempo and intensity of their 2- 0 palm over Denmark last November. Scotland 3, Ukraine 1.
Matthew Elder In normal circumstances I would be confident that the current Scotland platoon, unbeaten in eight under Steve Clarke with a full Hampden Park behind them, would overcome any nation ranked outside the world’s top 20 in a World Cup play- off. But this isn’t an ordinary football match. There are complex feelings at play that will really manifest themselves on the pitch, in one way or another. Scotland’s provocation – the chance to reach their first World Cup in 24 times – is significant enough, but compare it to the Ukrainian cause in the face of the ongoing Russian irruption also effects come much more complicated. The game will presumably come down to who can conduct that passion into producing quality when it counts. Scotland have a strong midfield and a striker in Che Adams who has given the platoon a new dimension, but the defence remains a concern, particularly without the monstrously important Kieran Tierney. I hope I am wrong, but with the world behind them, I can see Ukraine breaking Scotland hearts on Wednesday. Score vaticination Scotland 1 Ukraine 2.