ZURICH: Scotland and Ukraine’s World Cup play-off semi-final has been postponed.
The nations were set to meet at Hampden on 24 March but Ukraine requested Fifa push back the tie following Russia’s invasion of the country.
As a result, the play-off final for the winners against either Wales or Austria on 29 March will now also be delayed, meaning uncertainties at the World Cup finals draw in Doha three days later.
Discussions are under way for a new date, with the Nations League window in June the most likely option.
The World Cup finals take place from November 21 to December 18.
A large contingent of Ukraine’s recent squads has contained players from their homeland, with 15 out of the 23-man squad in November’s World Cup qualifiers playing in their home leagues.
Both sides are set to face each other in June on Nations League duty, with each side already scheduled to play four games during that break.
Speaking last week, Scottish FA president Rod Petrie offered his Ukrainian counterpart support as the nations held talks with Fifa over moving this month’s tie.
“Football is inconsequential amid conflict,” said Petrie.
“But we have conveyed the strong sense of solidarity communicated to us by Scotland fans and citizens in recent days.
“[The SFA] have offered to support our Ukrainian colleagues’ preparations as best we can in these unimaginably difficult circumstances.”