• NT: SFA hold talks over Scotland facing Morocco in March friendly clash

    Africans look to play warm up match in Europe as boss Herve Renard preps his side for World Cup test against Spain, Portugal and Iran.

    Moroccan FA president Fouzi Lekjaa has confirmed they are in 'advanced negotiations' with the SFA for a friendly with Scotland .

    But they may now opt to move the match to Europe instead of in Africa - a continent where Scotland have never played.

    Managerless Scotland have no games planned as yet until the Nations League starts in September, with the draw not even made for that until next month.

    Morocco had originally planned to play Scotland and Argentina in Agadir in the south of the country and were exploring the possibility of hosting a mini-tournament.

    But Atlas Lions boss Herve Renard has now indicated he wants the preparation games to be in Europe after getting hit with a nightmare World Cup draw with saw them pitched in with European superpowers Spain and Portugal, as well as Iran.

    Lekjaa said: "We will have a final meeting with the technical staff and confirm our plans for the preparation matches for the World Cup.

    "Contact has been made with Scotland, Poland and Iceland and negotiations are advanced because we want to play teams whose style is the same as the countries in our group and they are all European nations.

    "The coach has indicated he wants to play in Europe to get our players who don't play in the European leagues acclimatised to playing this type of football.

    "Our goal is to be in Russia in the best possible shape, with the best possible build-up."

    http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/sfa-hold-talks-over-scotland-11641582

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