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Canada to face Scotland in March

21:51 SAST 2017/01/23
Tosaint Ricketts Canada
The Canucks will travel to Edinburgh for a friendly against the Scots on March 22.

Scotland will host Canada in an international friendly match on March 22, both national associations announced Monday.

The match will take place at Easter Road in Edinburgh, home of club side Hibernian. It will be the sixth meeting between the two nations, with Scotland having won all five previous matches.

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"We are pleased with this opportunity as we continue to provide quality matches in our assessment and overall growth," Canada's interim head coach Michael Findlay said in a statement. "Between the camps in January and March, our players from clubs both in Canada and abroad will benefit from this international match experience."

The Canadians are coming off a victorious visit to Bermuda, where they defeated the home side 4-2 with a youth-heavy squad on Sunday. Scotland has been idle since November, when it dropped a World Cup qualifier 3-0 to England.

March's clash against Canada will take place four days prior to Scotland's World Cup qualifier versus Slovenia. Scotland boss Gordon Strachan noted that there are players "who may not have been involved" in recent matches that could see time against the Canadians.

“It’s important we have a match before the second half of the qualification programme begins," Strachan said in a statement. "We know that a win against Slovenia at Hampden will take us to just one point behind them in second place and put us right back in contention, so the players involved in the Canada game can take this opportunity to show they should be involved.”