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Steve Clarke will test Scotland with the best ahead of ultimate Euro 2024 examination

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Steve Clarke wants his side tested by the best before facing the ultimate examination at Euro 2024.The Scotland boss will ignore the chance to rack up easy wins going into next summer’s finals by trying to fix up friendlies that will push his men to the limit.

With a party at Hampden on Sunday concluding the qualification campaign, Clarke will turn his focus to organising four tough friendlies next year.

And the 60-year-old will get to work on it as soon as Scotland’s group rivals in Germany are confirmed at the draw in Hamburg on December 2.Convincing defeats to Gareth Southgate’s England and France in friendly action preceded signing off Group A with draws away to Georgia and home to Norway.

But the national boss is adamant continuing to be tested against elite teams is the best policy, rather than friendlies that may boost confidence in terms of a scoreline but offer up little else of value.Scotland will play two games during the next international break in March before pencilling in another couple as the Euros approach in June.

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