Scotland: Steve Clarke targets 'continued success' before Austria visit

By David CurrieBBC Scotland
Lyndon Dykes and Steve Clarke
Manager Steve Clarke steered Scotland to the Euros via the Nations League play-offs
World Cup qualifying Group F: Scotland v Austria
Venue: Hampden Park, Glasgow Date: Thursday, 25 March Kick-off: 19:45 GMT
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Scotland do not want to be "one-tournament wonders", says Steve Clarke before their World Cup qualifying opener against Austria.

Clarke's side will feature at this summer's European Championship - the nation's first finals since 1998.

Austria visit Hampden on Thursday, with games against Israel and Faroe Islands in the following days.

"We want to have a continued period of success," said Clarke.

"The squad that's here is focused completely on the World Cup games because they are the most important. We've said since we qualified for the Euros that we didn't want to be one-tournament wonders."

Captain Andy Robertson says the "feel-good factor" following last week's Euros play-off final win is still evident.

"You can see the boys walking in with big smiles on their faces ready to go and pull on that Scotland shirt and that's what we are trying to create," said the left-back. We have to take that on to the pitch.

"We know Austria is going to be a tough game, we know their qualities but we know our qualities as well and that we are capable of causing them problems."

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Austria have also qualified for the European Championship, for the second time running, but like Scotland have not been at a World Cup since 1998.

"They are a good team," Clarke said. "I think their strength is probably in the team rather than individuals. Like any Austrian team, physically strong but good technically as well. Dangerous in certain areas of the pitch.

"We will set up to try and nullify that but we want to be on the front foot as well, we want to make sure we cause them a lot of problems, which I think we can. Sometimes we play ourselves down a bit in this country.

"I think I have a good squad of players and I think we can get better and better, and to do that we have to beat teams of the standing of Austria."

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