There’s a distinctly Celtic feel to Path C of the Euro 2020 play-offs. Friday’s draw paired Steve Clarke’s Scotland with Israel while the winners will take on either Norway or Serbia away from home for a place at next summer’s tournament.
While the away nature of the potential final may make some members of the Tartan Army squirm, the team’s Celtic representatives are likely to relish the challenge as they prepare to come up against some friends from club level.
— UEFA EURO 2020 (@UEFAEURO) November 22, 2019
There are a load of Celtic stars in the mix for Euro 2020
Scottish stars like James Forrest, Ryan Christie and Callum McGregor are likely to come up against the Celtic duo of Hatem Abd Elhamed and Nir Bitton in the March clash against Israel, while former Celt Beram Kayal should also be around.
Scotland famously beat the Israelis at Hampden last year – with James Forrest netting a sublime hat-trick in a 3-2 win.
And if he was to repeat his heroics again then there’s a fair chance that the Scots could find themselves up against another couple of team-mates from club level. Both Mohamed Elyounoussi and Kristoffer Ajer were in the Norway squad for their recent fixtures, are likely to be so again when Serbia visit in March.
And it’s likely to be a historic meeting whatever happens too. Scotland, Norway and Israel have all had to wait a long time since their last involvement at a major international tournament. Norway last appeared at Euro 2000, while Scotland’s well documented wait is since 1998.
Israel put all that to shame though. They haven’t appeared at either the Euros or the World Cup since 1970.
Something’s got to give then, and it seems like Celtic will have some sort of involvement in whatever happens.