Scotland draw Israel and Albania in UEFA Nations League

Scotland have been drawn against Israel and Albania in the UEFA Nations League.

The competition’s format will see four leagues of A, B, C and D, split into four groups of three or four teams, which will replace the majority of international friendlies.

The Nations League, which has promotion and relegation, is designed to allow teams to play against those who are similarly ranked and will offer some who do not qualify for Euro 2020 via the normal route a path to the play-offs.

Scotland, who are still without a new manager after Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill turned down the job earlier this week, were one of the top seeds in League C, and were drawn into a three-team Group One.

Scotland and Liverpool left back Andy Robertson said: “It was exciting to watch the Nations League draw play out.

“It’s been a while since Scotland have played Israel and we’ve got a good record to defend.

“There are a few well-known names in their squad and the Celtic lads, I’m sure, will be giving Nir Bitton a bit of stick about it when the time comes.

“I think I’m right in saying that we’ve never played Albania before, so that will be something different for the squad and supporters alike.

“They did well to get to the last Euros and are clearly a nation on the up.

“It’s something to look forward to. Pulling on the Scotland shirt always means the world to me and we’re determined to get to a major tournament.

“The Nations League is something that could take us there and we’ll put everything into it.”

The first round of matches for the 2018/2019 season will start in September.