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Same again for O’Neill as Clarke demands response – Scotland v NI talking points

Scotland host Northern Ireland in a friendly at Hampden Park on Tuesday night.

Although Scotland are the side preparing for Euro 2024 after Northern Ireland missed out, the visitors might be in more confident mood after recent results.

Here the PA news agency looks at the key talking points ahead of the game.

Stopping the rot

Scotland flew out of the traps in their European Championship qualifying group by recording five wins out of five and sealed their place in Germany with two matches remaining. But momentum has stalled since then and Steve Clarke’s side have now gone six games without victory, conceding 18 goals during that spell. Opponents have included France, Spain, England and Netherlands but Clarke admitted victory was more important than performance ahead of the game as he tries to rekindle the feelgood factor. Scotland have not gone seven matches without a win for 19 years.

“More of the same”

Friday’s performance in Bucharest was another step

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