Clarke: I'm desperate to take Scotland to World Cup

Clarke: I'm desperate to take Scotland to World Cup

Steve Clarke has every sympathy for the troubles in Ukraine but he is determined to lead Scotland to their first World Cup for 24 years.

The nations meet at Hampden Park on Wednesday night in their rearranged play-off semi-final with Wales awaiting the winner on June 5.

Clarke has nothing but sympathy for Ukraine after the Russian invasion that has cost thousands of lives and devastated cities across the country, but insists they have to focus on the football.

"We always said we would be guided by the Ukrainians as to how they felt," he said.

"They made a decision to get their football players out of the country and into a training camp to prepare for the game because they want to play, they want to try and give their nation a boost by qualifying for Qatar.