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Inside the final pep talk Steve Clarke gave Scotland stars before squad jets out



SCOTLAND stars jet to the Euros tomorrow fired up by a three-word pep talk from their gaffer — full steam ahead.

Steve Clarke and his men will be welcomed to their German training camp by a piper and a brass band, after their preparations finally ended with no more injury worries.


Steve Clarke has had one last word with his Scotland stars before they fly to GermanyCredit: PA

And the boss promised the Tartan Army they will now see the best of their heroes.

Clarke said: “Will the nerves be gone now that the friendlies are over? Yes, 100 per cent.

“As of now, the competitive edge will be back, we’ll have that desire not to lose once again. We’re on our way and it’s full steam ahead. I’m not saying by this that we went out to try and lose against Finland, but we all know what was in the back of their minds.

“I said it before, they are only human, they all worry about injuries, and were all spooked by what happened to Lyndon Dykes. Now, we’ll be on it 100 per cent and can’t wait to get there.”

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Clarke gave his men a day off at their Glasgow city centre HQ in the wake of Friday night’s 2-2 draw with Finland.

During that time, members of the squad headed out on a SAFARI.


Several Scots stars were spotted at Blair Drummond Safari Park mixing it with the giraffes, lemurs and lions.

Now their bags are packed for Munich, where they will land at teatime on Sunday, and will be given the full red carpet treatment a couple of hours later at the swish ski resort of Garmisch-Partenkirchen on the Austrian border.

The mayor of the town, Elisabeth Kochat, said: “Brass bands from Garmisch and Partenkirchen have been rehearsing.

“And your team will be welcomed with a Bavarian-Scottish celebration at Mohrenplatz, in the town centre.

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“In addition to trumpets, tubas and very long alphorns there will be an instrument that has not been heard here before — the bagpipes.

“And together they are rehearsing the song Highland Cathedral for the team’s arrival. It is an honour that the Scots are our guests here.”


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