4 ways Scotland’s Nations League glory boosts our country’s ranking as World Cup chance now comes into view

It was a big night for Scotland on Tuesday as Steve Clarke’s side finished first in Group B1 of the Nations League.

Point that all that was needed when the Tartan army traveled to Poland to face Ukraine in their last conflict with a triple whammy at this international break. And after the goalless draw, glory for Scotland was in Krakow. This means there are a number of benefits coming our way, with a place in the Euro 2024 lottery as well as a 2 pot seed in this raffle among the advantages. We will also face the “Big”s in Europe, with France, Germany and Croatia likely to be the group’s potential contenders while Scotland head into Group One.

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I felt the glory away after grief at the hands of Ukraine trying to qualify for this winter’s World Cup in Qatar, with the defeat in Dublin hampering our Nations League campaign in June as well. But it’s been a case of going back and forth with a vengeance for the past two weeks. Which is a great feeling.

Scotland players celebrate full time during the UEFA Nations League match between Ukraine and Scotland

Here are four things Scotland are set to capitalize on their brilliance in Nations League Group B…

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Promotion to Nations League group Group A

Scotland will now mingle with Europe’s best player after having been securely promoted to Group A of the Nations League.

A goalless draw on the back of two decisive victories will see Steve Clark and his men enter the big stadium when it opens again next season.

Israel, Bosnia and Serbia also guaranteed climb, but they did so with the ranking system.

However, the Tartan Army may encounter aspects of these pots when the League of Nations returns in March 2024.

bowl 1

  • Holland
  • Croatia
  • Spain
  • Italia

bowl 2

  • Denmark
  • Portugal
  • Belgium
  • Hungary

3 . pot

  • Switzerland
  • Germany
  • Poland
  • France

Live in the Euro 2024 playoff

First place in Group B1 also means that Scotland will enter directly into the European Championship 2014 out of pot.

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A total of 53 teams are set to compete in the qualifying draw, which will allocate each team a place in one of 10 groups. Seven groups consist of five teams, and the remaining three groups consist of six.

The 10 group winners plus the group’s 10 runners-up with qualification for the tournament, with the remaining three places determined through playoffs.

The 53 participating teams are seeded according to the UEFA Nations League 2022/23 rankings and are divided into seven pots.

The draw takes place in Frankfurt on Sunday 9 October at 11am UK time.

Even the second seed in euros

Moreover, the first place in the league means that Scotland reached the second place in the Euro draw. So Scotland will be pulled out of Pot 2 next month.

And that could be very beneficial for our chances of securing a place in Euro 2024 because it means we will avoid a number of strong opponents including France. It also means that Scotland will not be in the qualifying group with England. Good or bad news considering its recent form? It’s your decision.

2 full bowl

  • Wales
  • England
  • Bosnia
  • Israel
  • France
  • Austria
  • Scotland
  • Finland
  • Serbia
  • Czech Republic

Road to the World Cup?

This is less certain. There is still a lot to be completed and many details to be filled in.

The League of Nations is linked to European qualification for the World Cup, albeit to a lesser degree than the Euro. Scotland’s path to qualification for the 2026 World Cup remains somewhat unclear. But getting a better place in the Nations League will make the road a little easier than it was last time.

The 2022 World Cup qualifiers consisted of 10 groups, with the winner of each group qualifying directly for the competition. The second round, which followed the play-off format, was contested by the 10 runners-up as well as the best Nations League group winners (based on the Nations League overall standings) who finished outside the top two of their qualifying group.

This means that with securing a better Nations League classification, Scotland will stand in a better position when chances of qualifying come again, even if there are some changes made.

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