Rangers stars Ryan Jack and John Souttar will be part of the Scotland squad to face Ukraine in the crucial World Cup playoff semi-final at Hampden on June 1 with a final shootout against Wales awaiting the winner – and fans will be able to watch the final on free-to-air TV after a deal was agreed between Sky Sports and the UK’s public service broadcasters.
Fans across Great Britain will get to watch the game free with the final on Sunday, June 5 available free to air on ITV in England, S4C in Wales and STV in Scotland.
However, if Scotland fail to win against Ukraine, there might not be too many viewers north of the border.
Bobby Hain, Managing Director of Broadcast at STV, said: “After initiating discussions with Sky Sports and working closely with them to secure an agreement, we’re delighted that this potentially historic moment in Scottish international football will be available for everyone to watch for free on STV.
Jonathan Licht, Managing Director of Sky Sports, added: “Next Sunday’s game is a huge fixture for Wales and Scotland supporters, and for football fans throughout the UK and Ireland. We are thrilled to make a game of such national sporting significance available to the widest possible audience, thanks to our partnership with ITV, S4C and STV.”
“There is of course a decisive fixture to come before then, but regardless of the result, it’s hugely exciting to have international football returning to STV next Sunday.”
Jack and Souttar will be the only current Ibrox stars involved, although Nathan Patterson, Billy Gilmour and Aaron Ramsey have all been named in their respective squads.
Scotland’s semi final clash with Ukraine will also be available on Sky Sports, with coverage beginning at 7pm before kick off at 7.45pm.
Niall Sloane, ITV Director of Sport, said: “This agreement ensures free to air coverage for all football fans for the crucial World Cup Play-Off Final. The deal with Sky Sports will bring fans of the Home Nations the chance to watch their team progress to the 2022 FIFA World Cup, which we hope our viewers will enjoy.”