Clarke Signs New Scotland deal Until 2026

Clarke Signs New Scotland deal Until 2026

Scotland head coach Steve Clarke has signed a new deal to remain in charge of the national team until 2026.

On the eve of the opening Euro 2024 qualifier against Cyprus at Hampden Park, Clarke has committed to a new contract that will see him stay until after the next World Cup.

Clarke's first match was against Saturday's opponents, Cyprus, in 2019 and kickstarted the team's campaign that saw Scotland reach Euro 2020 - their first major finals since 1998.

Since then, Scotland enjoyed promotion to the UEFA Nations League Group A, and despite missing out on the Qatar World Cup, Clarke has now set his sights on returning to another major tournament next year.

"I am proud that my coaching team and I will continue to lead the team through the next two qualifying campaigns, as well as Nations League Group A, but being able to do so is a testament to the squad of players who have been central to our improvement," Clarke said.

"The immediate focus is ensuring a positive start to our Euros campaign against Cyprus, who were the opposition for my first match in charge in 2019

"When we named our squad for the double-header, I spoke with my coaches about how the quality and depth of the squad has evolved in those four years. We now have an experienced core who have been constants throughout, but we have also added quality and competition in every area of the team.