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Political leaders wish Scotland good luck
Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said all of Scotland are “absolutely behind” Steve Clarke and the men’s football team as they prepare for Euro 2020.
Ahead of Scotland’s opener in the tournament next week, Ms Sturgeon and other political leaders sent the team their best wishes.
Monday’s game against the Czech Republic will be the men’s team’s first qualifying for a major tournament in 23 years.
Speaking at the start of the Prime Minister’s Questions, Ms Sturgeon said she wanted to ‘take the opportunity to wish Steve and the entire Scottish men’s football team all the best as they prepare to take the plunge in this European Championship campaign “.
His comments came after Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross – a linesman as well as an MP and MSP – spoke out “to wish Steve Clark and his entire team all the best for the Euro”.
Mr Ross said: “It has been a long 23 year wait for the international men’s team to qualify for a major final, and I know that in their first game against the Czech Republic on Monday, against the Auld Enemy Friday and their final group game against Croatia on June 22, they will have the support, hopes and support from across the country. “
Ms Sturgeon said when the Scottish players enter the pitch on Monday “23 long years of frustration and pain and sidelining will come to an end”.
She added: “The team has made us proud already, but to echo Douglas Ross, and I’m sure everyone across the room, we’re all absolutely behind them when they kick the first ball, and behind them throughout the tournament, and we all hope it’s for a pretty big way in this tournament, who knows, maybe all the way.
“But good luck to Steve and the whole team.”
Scottish Labor leader Anas Sarwar also wished the Scottish national team good luck, saying they would give people “a summer of hope, optimism and joy after what has been a really difficult year for all of us. “.
He added: “This is their opportunity to catch up with the great leadership that the women’s team has shown in recent years.”
The Euro 2020 championship takes place this year, after the coronavirus pandemic forced the contest to be postponed from last year.