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Scotland’s Scott McKenna expecting ‘completely different’ Euros atmosphere



Scotland’s Scott McKenna is expecting a “completely different atmosphere” at Euro 2024 in comparison to the last finals that nation qualified for.

When the Scots competed in Euro 2020, delayed to 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic, attendances were restricted.

Two of Scotland’s group fixtures were at Hampden, defeats to the Czech Republic and Croatia, with the other a draw against England at Wembley.

This time around, Steve Clarke’s side will experience the full tournament experience when they open the finals against hosts Germany on Friday before matches against Switzerland and Hungary.

The Tartan Army are expected to travel in huge numbers, with suggestions up to 200,000 Scots could make the trip.

“It will be very different, last time was through Covid the stadiums weren’t full,” centre-back McKenna said.

“At the last Euros we weren’t able to get as many fans in the stadium as we would have liked, so it’s a great opportunity for them to come and experience a tournament on foreign soil for the first time in a long time.

“I think the Tartan Army will be very excited, they’re travelling in their numbers and I hope we can put in a performance they can be proud of and celebrate as well.

“The ambition is to try and get out of the group, but the only way we can do that is to take it one game at a time. This week we are only focused on Germany.”

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