Scotland are closing in on securing a place in Germany for next summer's European Championships.

Steve Clarke and his players have the nation dreaming of major tournament football once again.

Thousands of fans have already started booking flights and accommodation in Germany despite qualification not yet being confirmed.

But it really does seem a matter of when and not if for Scotland now.

Here's what Scotland needs to do to secure their spot and when it could happen...

When can Scotland qualify for Euro 2024?

Scotland could wrap up qualification for Euro 2024 TODAY on Sunday, October 15. 

That's the earliest date Scotland could qualify for the tournament.

If results don't go their way, then it will rumble on into the next round of fixtures.

How can Scotland qualify for Euro 2024?

The crux of the matter is that Scotland could now qualify for Euro 2024 without even playing. 

Clarke's side have recorded five wins from six games in Group A of the qualification campaign so far. This includes beating top seeds Spain at Hampden, and Erling Haaland's Norway away.

They have played one more game than Spain, who sit in second spot on 12 points. 

So, currently, Scotland are three points clear of their nearest rivals, and five clear of Norway and 11 ahead of Georgia.

Scotland would qualify for Euro 2024 should Norway draw or lose against Spain on Sunday.

That would guarantee a top-two spot for Scotland and seal the ticket to the Euros.

However, even if Norway wins against Spain then Scotland could secure their qualification in their final two Group A matches against Georgia and Norway in November.

What has been said about Euro 2024 qualification?

Steve Clarke insists he will celebrate when it's signed, sealed and delivered. 

He said: “Every result that we’ve had in the group has been important. It’s been a process towards qualification, that’s what we’ve spoken about inside the dressing room. That’s all we’ve focussed on – trying to make the right steps at the right time. It’s another step. We still need a little bit more.

“At the moment the table looks pretty nice. It was a big win for Spain, we got there next. We have to be ready for a really tough game.

“I can’t think too far ahead because you’re asking me to predict results and what might happen in the future, I don’t know. At this moment in time, I know that five wins is a pretty healthy position. I’ll celebrate when we’re there."

John McGinn towed a similar party line, telling the fans they're more than entitled to get carried away. 

"We’ve tried to keep a lid on the sort of reactions and the celebrations for tonight because we know we’re close, but we’re not quite there yet," the midfielder said. “We need to be responsible and keep our mature heads on.

"Five wins from five. The focus for us is that, that’s what the manager has drilled into us. I think we’ve created history there. Mathematically we’re probably only one or two points away."