Nottingham Forest defender Scott McKenna helped Scotland secure a second-place finish in their World Cup qualifying group.

A win over Denmark on Tuesday ensured a home semi-final for Scotland.

When are the play-offs played?

The play-offs will commence in March between the 24th and the 29th.

This means that McKenna will head off to play for Scotland at what could prove to be a critical time of the campaign for Forest.

The draw for the play-offs takes place on Friday 26th November at 4pm.

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How do the play-offs work?

There are 12 teams who have qualified for a play-off place. These are made up of 10 teams who finished second in their group, plus two top-ranked teams from the UEFA National League who are yet to qualify.

There will be three groups, each with a one-off semi-final and a final.

 

Only three of the qualified teams will emerge from the play-offs with a golden ticket to Qatar in 2022.

Who could Scotland face?

Joining Scotland in the play-offs are Brennan Johnson’s Wales. They drew with Belgium last night and that means they’ll be seeded.

Scotland and Wales could therefore potentially both win places at the World Cup next summer.

Italy and Portugal are the big-hitters forced to settle for a place in the lottery.

Scotland will be facing either Turkey, Poland, North Macedonia, Ukraine, Austria or the Czech Republic.

Steve Clarke’s team are seeded and can’t be drawn against Italy, Portugal, Russia, Sweden or Wales at the semi-final stage.

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Qatar World Cup 2022 Key Dates

  1. Championship break
    Club football will pause after matchday 16 during the 2022/23 campaign.
  2. Opening game
    The opening game of the World Cup in 2022 will take place on Monday 21st November.
  3. The Final
    The World Cup final during 2022 will take place on Sunday 18th December.
  4. Championship resumes
    The Championship will get back underway on December 10th after the group stages have finished, with the season finishing on Saturday 6th May.
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