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.
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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RECAP: Scotland v Netherlands - Euro 2020 warm-up
Last updated: Wednesday, 02 June, 2021, 19:38
- FULL TIME - Scotland 2 (Hendry 11, Nisbet 62) Netherlands 2 (Depay 17, 87)
- International challenge match. Estadio Algarve, Portugal
- 🇳🇱 Netherlands: Krul, Timber (Berghuis 67), de Ligt, Wijndal (van Aarnholt 67), Dumfries, de Vrij, Wijnaldum (Gravenberch 30), de Roon, Depay, de Jong (Klaasen 30) , Weghorst (Promes 67)
- 🏴 Scotland: Gordon, Robertson (Taylor 67), Cooper (Gallacher 60), Tierney (McKenna 67), Hendry, Forrest (Fraser 60), Turnbull (Gilmour 80), Armstrong, McGregor, Christie, Dykes (Nisbet 60).Taylor 68)
Good afternoon and welcome to The Scotsman’s live coverage of Scotland’s international friendly with Holland in Portugal.
It’s the first of two warm-up matches before Steve Clarke’s team return to the UK - and a major tournament - next week.
We’ll have all the build-up, in-game action and news plus post-match reaction and analysis here and at The Scotsman website.
Before we tackle this evening’s match (kick-off 7.45pm), let’s take a minute for why we’re actually here.
It’s currently just under 12 days, or 285.5 hours, or 17130 minutes, or 1,027,800 seconds until Scotland kick-off against the Czech Republic, marking the nation’s return to a nation football finals for the first time since 1998.
The tournament itself starts on June 11 with Italy v Turkey in Rome... but it’s the big one three days later.
Update from the camp
Scotland’s first match is against Holland, and after a training camp in Spain it’s matches in Portugal on the way home.
However it’s not been plain sailing
Scotland will be without midfielder John Fleck for the upcoming friendly against the Netherlands in Portugal after the Sheffield United man tested positive for Covid-19.
That also had a knock-on impact today with several players left out as a precaution
Che Adams and David Marshall among six Scotland players to miss Netherlands friendly amid Covid-19 precautions
Scotland will be without seven players for tonight’s Euro 2020 warm-up match against the Netherlands in Portugal.
So with that in mind, who would you pick?
We took a look at the potential line-up for tonight’s game
The loss of seven players for tonight’s friendly against Netherlands has presented Scotland head coach Steve Clarke with a selection headache.
Steve Clarke’s team were not the only ones in action today...
Like Scotland, the Netherlands have been missing from recent tournaments.
Granted, they haven’t missed the last ten like Scotland have - but there is a degree of the unknown about a country regularly seen at bthe business ends of major finals.
Here’s what we know of tonight’s opponents...
Malky Mackay was in the dug-out and Memphis Depay was on the scoresheet the last time Scotland and Holland met in a friendly, back in 2017.
And what Frank de Boer has said about Scotland’s chances of joining them there...
Frank de Boer is glad to see Scotland back at a major tournament – and he’s not counting Steve Clarke’s side out from the knock-out stages.
The team kits for Euro 2020 are all out and available to buy - Finland’s home shirt is particularly striking and Sweden’s is also very decent... but here Graham Falk ranks the shirts and who will be the tournament’s winners in the fashion stakes.
Euro 2020 kits ranked: the best and worst home and away kits in tournament, and where to buy them
Last time out
Pre-match results are in
Just done the marking on our predicted line-up against Steve Clarke’s selected side... 10/11
We said - Ryan Fraser ❌
He said - David Turnbull ✅
How to watch
We’ve got about an hour until kick-off and it’s probably time for a look at how you can watch tonight’s friendly (while following all the best action and reaction here on our Scotsman blog) plus some additional preview material and match odds.
Scotland v Netherlands: Kick-off time, is Euro 2020 warm-up game on TV, stream details, odds, Holland form guide
Scotland’s preparations for Euro 2020 step up a gear when Steve Clarke takes his team to Portugal for the first of two preparatory matches.
Here’s what some of you have been saying in regards to the starting line-up.
Remember Steve Clarke’s team is depleted because of John Fleck’s positive COVID test result (you can read more on that here).
And , err.... 👀
It’s too late for one sadly...
Alan Pattullo has provided some ideal reading material ahead of the game, covering the current covid situation in the Scotland camp via
☕ Coffee, 🗣️ John McGinn’s volume and getting quizzical 🧐
Quiz masters, coffee club, and John McGinn's booming voice: How Scotland's Euro 2020 squad cope with Covid protocols
Trying to foster a close team spirit while maintaining the regulation degree of distance from one another. This is the challenge facing the current Scotland squad as they aim to gel off the field as well as on it.
Scotland’s under-21 side lost to Northern Ireland in the first of a double-header at Dumbarton.
Here’s what Andrew Smith made of it...
James McFadden, Sky Sports
There’s a chance for these players to play against the Czech Republic. If we were naming our strongest 11, would some of them make it? Maybe not, but it doesn’t mean it is weakened - it is still a strong side for me.