Steve Clarke details hope for Celtic Friday night football

By Hamish Carton

January 22, 2020

Scotland boss Steve Clarke says he hopes Celtic, and the rest of the Premiership, can play one fixture in March on a Friday night to help the national team.

The likes of Callum McGregor, Ryan Christie and James Forrest are sure to be involved when Scotland take on Israel at Hampden in the final Thursday in March.

We are currently scheduled to host St. Johnstone the previous weekend but, if we lose our Europa League last 32 tie to Copenhagen, Clarke would like that league clash to be moved forward to the Friday night.

Scotland boss Steve Clarke (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“All we asked for is common sense and if the broadcasters would not put a game on, on the Sunday, and if the league wouldn’t play any matches on the Sunday, that would be great,” Clarke said, as reported by Yahoo Sport.

“We also know that there is the potential for Celtic and Rangers to hopefully still be involved in the Europa League the week before which would mean that they would have to play on the Sunday.

“If that is the case we would have to deal with it.

The Celtic team in Rome (Photo by Giuseppe Maffia/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

“If, for example, the league could agree to come forward and play on the Friday night then you have the Saturday and Sunday for the players to recover and three working days to the game on the Thursday would be a benefit.”

Clarke has not overstepped the mark with his Celtic comments

As is so often the case in Scottish football, the initial story regarding possible fixture rescheduling was blown totally out of proportion.

Clarke is simply looking out for his team and his hopes aren’t that outrageous at all.

He just wants to give his players the best possible recovery time ahead of the Israel clash, and we can’t really complain about that.

Assuming we see off Copenhagen, this debate will be totally futile anyway. We’ll have our last 16 second leg on Thursday 19th March, meaning that the St. Johnstone game will have to be played on the Sunday.

James Forrest, Greg Taylor and Callum McGregor (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

If we lose to the Danes then it will make little difference to us whether we play on a Friday night or Saturday afternoon.

Scotland haven’t qualified for a major competition since 1998. And as the country’s leading club, we should do everything we can, within reason, to help them end that baron spell.

That’s all the Scotland boss is really looking for.