Steve Clarke’s assistant issues Hampden sell-out rallying cry as John Carver insists Scotland are on target

John Carver has urged Scotland to take care of Austria in Vienna and set up a sell-out showdown with Israel next month.

The Scots drew their biggest Hampden crowd in four years as they beat Moldova 1-0 in front of 40,869 fans on Saturday night.

But that left 10,000 empty seats at the national stadium as Steve Clarke’s side took the first step in turning their ailing World Cup qualification bid around.

They now face two crucial clashes against the Austrians on Tuesday and Israel on October 9 which will go a long way to deciding their Qatar fate.

But assistant coach Carver reckons Scotland will have a much better chance of toppling the Israelis – who currently sit second in Group F, two points ahead of Clarke’s men – and stealing their play-off ticket if Hampden is full to the rafters.

And he says the best way to lure back those AWOL Tartan Army members is a winning display in the Ernst Happel Stadion.

Clarke’s No.2 said: “Before the tournament started, it was between us, Israel and Austria for that second spot.

“That’s what we’re vying for.

“So we’re going to go with confidence. We’ve beaten Moldova and now we prepare for Tuesday – we know we can create chances and we can play on the front foot.

“We’ll have a go and see what happens.

“It would be amazing if we could get a result – that would set it up for hopefully a 50,000 crowd for the Hampden game against Israel.

“If we got ourselves in a position where we were there or thereabouts, I’m sure there would be a full house.

“And I would love to see that.

“Even with 40,000 last night, the noise was amazing.

“They were right behind the team and that was the first time I’ve really seen it.

“We had about 12,000 during the Euros – but this was a 40,000 crowd behind the team and it was brilliant.

“The noise when we came out at half time was amazing.

“That’s why we’re in football – and hopefully we can have a full house in October.”

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