Scotland have 10 points from five games, four ahead of Czech Republic who host Israel later on Sunday.
The worldwide gaffer has now set his sights on the global competition and the country can take a massive stride towards that goal when they travel to Israel this evening as they round off the Nations League campaign. And he hopes to continue as a lucky charm for Scotland, who have not lost a competitive game he has started, with six wins and one draw. We need to move on because this Israel game could be massive for us going forward.
"We'll be in pot three, which is a little bit of progress". If you switch off, don't pick up a man or lose a runner, a big percentage of the time it's a goal.
"Maybe that's what happened over the last 20-odd years and we don't want that to happen to us".
"So that side of it really helped me and from that first conversation I thought this was the aim, I felt like there was the chance with the group we had that we could go and achieve something".
Clarke's team squeezed past the Israelis last month to tee up their play-off final with Serbia - and the boss is expecting another test tonight as they teams meet for the fifth time in two years.
After the Nations League game with Slovakia, Scotland travel to Israel in the same competition. The last one obviously finished in a penalty shoot-out.
"Both were very tough nights and that was at home as well, so we're expecting another hard match".
"I know everyone keeps knocking them down and saying they are not the strongest team in the group, but they are a good team with unsafe players".
Steve Clarke and his assistant John Carver are the two that will be taking this Scotland team to a tournament that surely will be played as the system makes it possible to get this over the line with many events in different countries and hopefully it will give great value.
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