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St Mirren to host Under-21 clash with The Netherlands

Thursday, 29 June 2017

UEFA European Under-21 Championship Qualifier
Scotland v The Netherlands
Tuesday, 5 September 2017, kick-off TBC
Paisley 2021 Stadium, Paisley

The Paisley 2021 Stadium will play host to Scotland’s opening UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifier against the Netherlands on Tuesday, 5 September (kick-off TBC).

Scot Gemmill’s side will begin their qualification bid at home against the Dutch before a trip across the border to take on England followed by an away tie against Latvia in an October double-header.

Scotland will also play Ukraine and Andorra in Group 4 as they bid to reach the finals in Italy in 2019.

The nine group winners qualify directly for the final tournament, while the four best runners-up (not counting results against the sixth-placed team) advance to the play-offs.

Scotland warmed up for the qualifiers with a third-place finish at this summer’s Toulon Tournament.

An under-20 squad defeated Brazil, Indonesia and Czech Republic to earn a third-place finish at the prestigious 12-team tournament, with every player eligible to take part in the upcoming under-21 campaign for which players born in 1996 or later can be selected.

Ticket information will be announced in due course.

Scot Gemmill said: “We’re really looking forward to the start of the qualification campaign and the Netherlands will provide us with a great challenge in our opening match.

“We have played matches at the Paisley 2021 Stadium in recent times and it’s a fantastic venue with a great pitch and facilities.

“I remember Scotland Under-21s played the Netherlands in Paisley back in 2012 and nearly 7000 supporters packed out the stadium – the atmosphere was incredible.

“I hope we can attract similar numbers in September to cheer on the team and help get us off to a good start in the group.”

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