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Scotland v Northern Ireland live on BBC: Steve Clarke on Euro 2024 countdown

Friendly match: Scotland v Northern Ireland

Venue: Hampden Park Date: Tuesday, 26 March Kick-off: 19:45 GMT

Coverage: Live on BBC Scotland television and BBC Three from 19:30, on BBC Radio Scotland and live text on the BBC Sport website and app

Scotland coach Steve Clarke says his players "had to pick him up" after the 4-0 defeat against the Netherlands.

Clarke, whose side face Northern Ireland at Hampden Park on Tuesday, says he tends to "sulk a little bit longer than the players do".

The 60-year-old would "probably" prioritise a win over a good performance against Northern Ireland.

"They move on a little bit quicker - I probably have a bit more to think about than they have," said Clarke.

"They have reacted well. When we had the debrief about the game, they understood the points I was making. They will take the messages on board and hopefully we can show we are improving.

"Within 24 to 36 hours you are ready for the next game, you are looking for the next game.

"I get the mood among the players that they just want the chance to get on the pitch on Tuesday night and look to improve and maybe put right the things that went wrong for us in the last stages of the game on Friday."

Scotland's winless run extended to six games with the 4-0 humbling against the Netherlands - with 18 goals conceded in that period.

Those six matches have seen Scotland lose to European heavyweights France, England and Netherlands in friendlies and a qualifier against Spain.

Clarke admits his side are "still searching for that improvement that can close the gap on the top sides".

"Hopefully as we are striving to reach the top sides we are looking to move further away from the sides that are seeded below us," he said.

"That has to be our objective. We are a pot two team now but we have to be a better pot two team and eventually we have to try to latch on to the pot one teams.

"There was a lot that we did like [against Netherlands], a lot of what we spoke about in training we transferred to the pitch and it worked well for a long time in the game.

"When you stop doing what you have been working on and switch off towards the end of the game, against the top teams especially you get punished."

Clarke, whose side open Euro 2024 in just 11 weeks' time against Germany on 14 June is "in no doubt we will get both" a good performance and a positive result against Michael O'Neill's improving Northern Ireland.

"They are a young team, a progressive team," said Clarke.

"Michael is quite good at talking his team down, but they are very competitive. They don't lose games by a big margin."