McLeish calls for Hampden backing
Alex McLeish wants to see a packed Hampden Park when Scotland take on Israel in their win or bust UEFA Nations League clash on Tuesday.
The Scots know a victory over Israel in Glasgow will see them top League C Group One and secure promotion to the second tier of the newly-formed competition, although anything less will see Israel secure top spot at their expense.
Scotland should certainly be in positive spirits after their 4-0 victory in Albania on Saturday, while they may also have revenge on the mind following a 2-1 defeat to Israel in Haifa earlier in the competition.
McLeish, whose second spell in charge of Scotland has not always run smoothly, has now called for the supporters to come out in their droves and get behind the team on Tuesday, particularly after crowds of little over 20,000 watched their recent friendly defeats against World Cup semi-finalists Belgium and European champions Portugal.
‘We always try to win,’ McLeish was quoted as saying in the Glasgow Evening Times. ‘We have set ourselves up, as have Israel, and it should be a good game. We are at home so let’s hope there is a response from the Tartan Army.
‘We’d like the supporters to come to cheer the guys to victory. If we play to that level again then we have a good chance.’
McLeish’s side have only won one of their last five matches on home soil, losing the other four, but they did win their only previous meeting with Israel in Scotland and punters may choose to use their free bet to back the men in blue to repeat that trick on Tuesday.