Mark O’Hara hit returns to Motherwell’s midfield and claims that he targets the national boss Steve Clarke in a bid to earn a Euro 2020 call-up with Scotland. Currently enjoying the season, the in-form midfielder reckons Euro 2020 is a “dream” he’d love to achieve. O’Hara joined Motherwell permanently in the summer after a spell on loan from Peterborough United last season.
“I’d be lying if said it wasn’t a dream I’d love to achieve. That’s surely the case with every Scottish player,” said O’Hara, who could join team-mates Declan Gallagher and Stephen O’Donnell. Hopefully if I work as hard as I can I’ll catch the eye. The 24-year-old has been deployed in defence of late with injuries and Covid issues forcing ‘Well boss Stephen Robinson to call on him at the back.
Scotland, who have never reached any major tournament since 1998 World Cup, will join Croatia, Czech Republic, England in Group D, set to played in Glasgow and London following the 5-4 penalty shootout win over Serbia. Ryan Christie struck in the 52rd minute, before Luka Jovic headed in an injury-time equalizer to take the match to extra time. Mitrovic had his spot-kick saved by David Marshall.
“It was good to be back in midfield. I played there before but this time I played more advanced. I enjoyed playing centre-backand I’m happy to play wherever,” O’Hara said. “It’s good to try to be effective all over the pitch. The goal was a good well worked, build-up move and was probably the highlight of the game football-wise.”O’Hara is now up to three goals for the season.
In March, UEFA announced that their largest European Championship men’s soccer tournament was called off and will resume after a year due to the threat of the coronavirus pandemic. The Euro 2020 will now take place from June 11 to July 11 in 2021. The venues for the said competition to be staged next year confirmed to be the same.