Scotland v Ukraine score predictions as Football Scotland authors give World Cup play-off verdict

It is arguably the greatest game in Scottish football of the 21st century.

A chance to have a shot at reaching the World Championship for the first time since 1998 and Steve Clarke’s men are absolutely going to do it.

Of course, there is the other side of things with Ukraine and the terrible situation its people are suffering from a shameful Russian invasion of their country.

Of course that means much of the world is hoping Scotland are beaten on Wednesday night but they need to forget that and look to their chance to make history.

Whole generations of Scottish players couldn’t play at a World Cup and now Andy Robertson and company have the chance to change that.

Here’s what Soccer of Scotland Writers think that will happen.

Hampden Park

Ryan McDonald

Unlike Graeme Souness, I put my full support behind Scotland to beat Ukraine.

Steve Clarke’s side must put their human feelings aside for 90 minutes – or possibly 120 – and host a World Cup play-off final against Wales.

It’s sure to be a nerve-wracking night in Hampden, but the Tartan Army can play their part as 12th Man and Andy Robertson and company roar to victory.

I don’t think there will be much to separate the teams and think we will win it with a set piece.

Scotland 1-0 Ukraine

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Mark McDougall

It will be an interesting game in Hampden because who knows what will come up against Ukraine?

They will of course be very emotional and eager to get a good result for their country and their people.

They’re a good side too but if it were a normal game I’d expect Scotland to win and they should do that here too.

Steve Clarke has his team in great shape and they will find a way.

Scotland 2-1 Ukraine

Aidan Scott

It’s going to be a really tough game for Steve Clarke’s men. Ukraine are a good team and just last year they beat France with a draw.

They obviously have something much bigger to offer and will be determined to bring even a small measure of happiness to their compatriots in the grand scheme of things.

However, Scotland are aiming to make it to their first World Cup since 1998 and have not lost at Hampden since losing to Croatia at the European Championships.

I expect that the national team will narrowly overcome a really tough challenge with Ukraine and reach the play-off final against Wales.

Scotland 2-1 Ukraine

Blair Meikle

With Scotland today, we can count on them to live up to their potential and get the job done.

When you go into these duels you often think you can flip a coin to decide the outcome, but Steve Clarke and his team gave us reason to really believe in them.

No Kieran Tierney is a hit, but you feel like you’re not enough of one to derail our chances.

Clarke has also built a system where players know exactly what’s expected of them and while no one will be copying KT we can be sure they will fit in just fine.

Hampden should also be a factor, as we saw when we blew Denmark and got over the line against Israel.

Scotland 2-1 Ukraine

Gary Kirkpatrick

The country of Ukraine has endured its worst humanitarian crisis in recent months.

And while football will still be a secondary concern for the nation, they will no doubt take on Scotland with a sense of the World Cup semi-final play-off to give the nation something to smile about amid their dark days.

Ukraine will ride a wave of emotion and pride and support from around the world, so I don’t see an easy night for Scotland.

But we have a level-headed manager and a professional squad of players who recognize the scale of the game outside of the Ukraine situation.

Because of that, coupled with the Hampden roar and despite the absence of Kieran Tierney and Ryan Jack, I think we’ll have enough in our arsenal to defeat an emotional Ukraine side and get to the World Cup showdown with Wales.

Scotland 2-0 Ukraine

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