We understand the situation but we have work to do against Ukraine, admits Callum McGregor

Scotsman Callum McGregor revealed the team are insistent and have sympathy for Ukraine given the horrific situation but admitted the team have a job to do against them. Tartan Army take on Ukraine in a postponed playoff semi-final to reach the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

After Russia invaded Ukraine in March, several games and tournaments were postponed, including Scotland’s semi-final qualifier against Ukraine. The two teams were due to meet in the semi-finals at the end of March, with the winner set to face Wales for a place at the 2022 World Cup. However, while Wales’ game against Austria went ahead , the clash of Scotland has been postponed until the end of the season.

The two sides now face off on June 2 ahead of the final against Wales three days later with more than a few fans backing Ukraine. However, Callum McGregor admitted that while the Scottish team “understand the situation and we have sympathy for them”, they still have work to do against Ukraine. Not only that, McGregor added that both teams will be “equally motivated to improve” so Scotland must give their best.

“Obviously we understand the situation and we have sympathy for her. You turn on the news every day and something else happens. It’s a really awful situation. Ultimately, the preparation of the game and most of the talk will probably be around that,” McGregor said, Sky Sports reported.

“But I think it’s also important that we realize that we have a job to do. We want to take our country to a major tournament. It’s a game of football and when the two teams cross the line they will be all as motivated as each other to progress and get to the next stage of the play-offs. So we can’t think of anything else now. Our main focus is the game plan.”

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