RECAP: Scotland 2 Netherlands 2 - How first Euro 2020 warm-up happened with debuts for Celtic's Turnbull and Chelsea's Gilmour and a double for Memphis Depay

Scotland were in Portugal to take on Frank de Boer’s Dutch team in the first friendly as preparations for Euro 2020 step up a notch.

Jack Hendry of Scotland celebrates with Stuart Armstrong after scoring their side's first goal during the international friendly match between Netherlands and Scotland at Estadio Algarve on June 02, 2021 in Faro, Portugal. (Photo by Fran Santiago/Getty Images)

Steve Clarke has already had the national team in Spain for a training camp as he sets up the Scotland squad for a major tournament for the first time since 1998.

Next on the list is a match scenario with Holland providing the opposition in nearby Faro.

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His 26-man squad was confirmed yesterday as the UEFA deadline passed – but European finalists Billy Gilmour and Scott McTominay have yet to catch up with the group.

That – plus John Fleck’s positive COVID test result and the precautions taken around it – mean his options are a little different to what he would otherwise would have hoped, but it will be a worthwhile exercise nonetheless.

It’s 12 days until the Czech Republic match at Hampden – and we’ll take you through the first warm-up match and all the reaction, right here at The Scotsman website and liveblog.

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Sunderland AFC transfer and contract news RECAP: Updates from the SOL

Last updated: Monday, 13 September, 2021, 15:09

  • Sunderland beat Accrington Stanley at the weekend.
  • The Black Cats head to Fleetwood Town this Saturday.

Hello and welcome to our live Sunderland blog, we’ll have updates throughout the day.

Sunderland ‘close in’ on new coach

Sunderland are reportedly close to appointing a new first-team coach.

Phil Jevons, an academy coach at Everton, is set to join Lee Johnson’s backroom staff, according to The Sun’s Alan Nixon.

The former striker was a somewhat journeyman during his playing career having progressed through the Toffees youth set up.

Jevons featured for nine clubs in total and was teammates with Johnson at Yeovil Town and Bristol City.

The 42-year-old started working at Everton’s academy during the latter stages of his playing days – spending nine years there.

Nixon tweeted: “Sunderland. Going to bring in coach Phil Jevons from Everton to work with first team. Been at under 18 level at Goodison … now stepping up.”

The return of a familiar face

Former Sunderland owner and lifelong fan Bob Murray was spotted back at the Stadium of Light for the win over Accrington Stanley.

Murray funded the Black Cats’ move for the Roker Park to the SOL in 1997 before selling his majority shareholding to the Drumavile consortium, nine years later.

For so long, Murray was not welcome at the stadium he had built after a serious rift developed between him and Ellis Short.

He also wasn’t a fan of Stewart Donald and Charlie Methven – but there appears to be no such problem with new owner Kyril Louis-Dreyfus.

Murray was in the directors’ box following an invitation from KLD as Sunderland beat Accrington to 2-1.

Defender to miss Fleetwood Town

Tom Flanagan will next weekend’s trip to Fleetwood after picking up his fifth yellow card of the season.

The 29-year-old was booked during the Black Cats’ League One fixture against Accrington Stanley after a collision with visiting goalkeeper James Trafford in the second half.

Flanagan has started every league game for Sunderland this season but will now be suspended for the Fleetwood fixture.

Either Bailey Wright or West Ham loanee Frederik Alves will be expected to come into the side alongside Callum Doyle.

Ticket details for Wigan clash released

Sunderland have confirmed ticket details for the Carabao Cup third-round visit to Wigan Athletic on Tuesday 21 September (KO 7:45pm).

Here’s what the website says:

The first phase of tickets will go on sale to Season Card holders with 20+ Black Cat points at 4pm on Monday 13 September, with the phase ending at 9am on Wednesday 15 September.

Subject to availability, the second stage of sales will see tickets become available to all Season Card holders at 11am on Wednesday 15 September, with the phase ending at 12 noon on Thursday 16 September.

Any remaining available tickets will then be launched on General Sale at 2pm on Thursday 17 September, ending at 3pm on Friday 18 September, when any unsold tickets will be returned to Wigan Athletic.

Prices for all away tickets for the cup tie are as follows:

Adult - £15

Over-65 - £8

Under-22 - £8

Supporters requiring a personal assistant or wheelchair space can call the SAFC ticket office on 0371 911 1973 to make their booking.

Any further ticket announcements will be made on safc.com in due course.

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