On Monday, Scotland will play in their first major event in 23 years, as COVID-affected Spain prepares to face Sweden later in the day.
The Scots will meet the Czech Republic in Glasgow at 14:00 GMT, for the first time since the 1998 World Cup, before a new-look Spain begins their campaign for a record fourth European title without captain Sergio Busquets, who tested positive for coronavirus.
The racism suspension that has kept Czech defender Ondrej Kudela out of the tournament has overshadowed Scotland’s match in Group D.
On a Europa League visit to Scotland in March, the Slavia Prague midfielder was suspended for ten games for racially assaulting Rangers midfielder Glen Kamara.
“I believe he did not say anything racist to him; there was no evidence, but a lot of people on the islands (the UK) denounced him, and he received a terrible sentence,” said Tomas Soucek of the Czech Republic and West Ham United.
Scotland’s fans will be ecstatic to see their team return to the big time at Hampden Park. “I hope it inspires a nation, and I hope we can provide happiness to them.” Scotland captain Andy Robertson remarked, “You can immediately feel a genuine energy across the country.”
Possible Scotland Line up:
Marshall; Hendry, Hanley, Tierney; O’Donnell, McTominay, McGregor, McGinn, Robertson; Dykes, Adams
Possible Czech Republic Line up:
Vaclík; Coufal, Čelůstka, Kalas, Bořil; Souček, Král; Masopust, Darida, Jankto; Schick.