Scotland boss Steve Clarke has urged followers to “stay healthy, stay safe, most importantly stay home” on the day his aspect have been on account of be taking part in a Euro 2020 play-off semi-final.
Scotland have been scheduled to play Israel at Hampden on 26 March however that match has been postpone till June on the earliest due to coronavirus.
“I think most of you, like me, will have woken up this morning, looked at the date and wished the circumstances could have been very different,” Clarke mentioned in a letter to supporters.
“The world has modified in latest weeks and months and soccer, rightly, has needed to take a step again as our authorities and our fantastic, courageous and selfless NHS workers step up their efforts to deal with a far larger opponent.
“This is a troublesome letter to write down as a result of, as a father and grandfather there are far larger issues in life proper now and much larger duties on all of us however, on the identical time, I really feel it necessary to recognise and present appreciation for the hassle you all had gone to in guaranteeing our match towards Israel would have been a sell-out.”
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The Scotland supervisor says the “sense of togetherness, loyalty and dedication” of the nation’s fans is “wanted in our lives now, greater than ever earlier than” to deal with the virus.
“The first minister and the chief medical officer have been clear in outlining precisely what the nation should do to fight the virus that has change into a worldwide pandemic,” he added.
“I urge all of you to heed that recommendation: keep indoors, shield your loved ones, and shield others. Stay dwelling, save lives. Simple.
“Football is our nationwide sport and its absence has had the identical impact on me that it has had for each lover of the sport on this nation. The sooner all of us take the recommendation on board to remain at dwelling, the earlier we will get again to our personal normality of midweek nights and weekend afternoons amongst associates, at our religious houses throughout the nation.
“I will likely be pondering of you tonight and imagining what may need been and what may but be.”