When & how Scotland can officially qualify for Euro 2024? What Steve Clarke’s men need ahead of Cyprus trip
The Tartan Army could be just one win away from securing their place in Germany next year after wins over Cyprus, Spain, Norway and Georgia.
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The Scotland men’s national side are back in action this evening as they face Cyprus at the AEK Arena where victory will put them one step closer to reaching next year’s European Championship finals.
Steve Clarke’s side have had an incredible start to their qualifying campaign which has seen them win all four of their matches so far against Cyprus, Spain, Norway and Georgia. Now, they take on all of those nations again starting with the Cypriots who they beat 3-0 at Hampden Park back in March.
There could still be a long way to go before the Tartan Army know they are officially heading to Germany in 2024 or it could be decided as early as next week! It all depends on them first beating Cyprus and then results elsewhere in the group. Here is everything you need to know about what Scotland need to officially secure qualification for the 2024 European Championship finals:
When can Scotland OFFICIALLY qualify for Euro 2024 finals and what needs to happen?
Scotland are currently top of Group A qualifying with 12 points from a possible 12 having won all four of their qualifiers so far. They have played each team in the group once and will play them all once more. Georgia are currently second in the group with four points and here is how the table looked after their 2-0 win at Hampden in June:
With Georgia and Cyprus having both played one game less than Scotland and Spain having played two less there is still a lot to be done before qualification is confirmed. However, Steve Clarke’s side COULD become one of the first nations to officially secure a spot in Germany after the next round of qualifiers.
Scotland travel to Cyprus on September 8 where a win would put them on 15 points, a number which normally would be enough to ensure at least second spot in a five team group. Spain travel to Georgia on the same night where the group’s top seeds will be heavy favourites.
If Spain beat Georgia then Scotland would be 11 points clear of both the Georigans and the Norwegians, although both would have a game in hand which they would make up when they face each other later this month on September 12 while Scotland are playing England in a friendly. Assuming Spain do beat Georgia then a draw between Norway and the Georgians would be enough to ensure that Scotland finish at least second in the group and book their spot at next year’s finals in Germany.
More importantly though, Scotland have it all in their own hands and don’t actually need to worry about what happens in other matches. If they beat Cyprus they will realistically only need one more point from their remaining three matches thereafter to guarantee a top two spot in the group. Scotland’s remaining fixtures are:
- Cyprus (A) - September 8
- Spain (A) - October 12
- Georgia (A) - November 16
- Norway (H) - November 19