Scott McKenna says “nerves can be a good thing” ahead of Scotland’s EURO2024 opener

Despite being tasked with competing in the opening match of the tournament against a strong host nation, there’s a strong air of optimism surrounding this Scotland side as they prepare for EURO2024.

Speaking from Scotland’s base camp in Garmisch-Partenkirkhen, defender Scott McKenna spoke about the team’s mentality ahead of Friday’s opener in Munich, which kicks off at 20:00 BST [21:00 CEST].

“It’s all excitement, nerves might kick in but we’ll be ready,” he insisted, adding that “as a squad we have enough experience there, it’s about how we deal with the occasion and carry out the manager’s game plan.”

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“The ambition is to try and get out of the group, but the only way we can do that is to take it one game at a time. This week we are only focused on Germany and after that we’ll deal with next week.”

Early estimates suggest that more than 200,000 members of the Tartan Army will be heading to Germany to support the team over the course of the tournament, and McKenna expressed his desire to “put in a performance they can be proud of and celebrate as well.”

“At the last EUROs, we weren’t able to get as many fans in the stadium as we would like so it’s a great opportunity for them to come and experience a tournament on foreign soil for the first time in a long time.”

“In terms of the atmosphere in the stadiums, it’s going to be completely different compared to last time.”

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