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Barry Bannan advises Scotland to reach the World Cup but admits it would be ‘great’ for Ukraine to qualify, as Scottish star reveals his love for talkSPORT


Former Scotland international Barry Bannan admits it would be “great” to see Ukraine reach the World Cup, but not at the expense of his own country.

Scotland have the chance to face England in Qatar but must beat Ukraine in their play-off. The winner will then face Wales in a final play-off.

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Scotland are looking to reach their first World Cup since 1998

Barry Bannan advises Scotland to reach the World Cup but admits it would be ‘great’ for Ukraine to qualify, as Scottish star reveals his love for talkSPORT

Wales could be their last hurdle to get to Qatar

There have been calls for countries like Scotland and Wales to step down and allow war-torn Ukraine to withdraw from the tournament.

Bannan agrees he would like to see Ukraine in the final, but not at the cost of Scotland having to withdraw.

The likely outcome is Scotland taking on Ukraine this summer and Bannan, who has 27 caps for the national team, expects a tough clash for Steve Clarke’s side.

On Ukraine getting a tournament pass, Bannan told talkSPORT: “If it means we get a pass to play Wales, I’m all for it!

“The game against Ukraine could be quite tricky, I watched them at Euro 2020 and thought they were a good team.

“Given the circumstances of what this country has been through, I think it would be great if they could probably go to the World Cup, get them there anyway to give the country a boost. what they are going through is terrible.


Barry Bannan advises Scotland to reach the World Cup but admits it would be ‘great’ for Ukraine to qualify, as Scottish star reveals his love for talkSPORT

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The footballing world has shown solidarity with Ukraine amid its war with Russia

“But me being Scottish, I want my country to get there. We have a tough game, but I think the boys in current form will have every chance of making it through.

Bannan joined Hawksbee and Jacobs as he revealed he was the latest in a long line of people in football to be a talkSPORT fan.

The Sheffield Wednesday midfielder added: “I’m based in Nottingham now so I’m a bit on the road before and after training. That’s why I tune in almost every day.



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