Hibs star Kevin Nisbet reveals what life is like in the Scotland camp ahead of Euro 2020

Kevin Nisbet insists the Scotland camp is in “a very good place” as the squad gear up for their opening match of Euro 2020.

Thursday, 10th June 2021, 6:31 pm
Hibs striker Kevin Nisbet is part of the Scotland squad for this summer's European Championships. Picture: SNS

Steve Clarke’s men take on the Czech Republic on Monday afternoon in what will be the country’s first game at an international tournament since the World Cup in France all the way back in 1998.

Of course, things are rather different than they were back then with the ongoing presence of the Covid-19 pandemic limiting what players can do and where they can go during their downtime.

Nisbet, though, insists everyone is in high spirits as they look forward to representing their nation.

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"The camp's in a very good place now. We had two days back home, we came in and got tested right away and sent to our rooms. Thankfully everyone came back negative,” said Hibs’ top goalscorer from last season.

"With the magnitude of the tournament coming up, everyone wanted to be negative and not have that holding them back. We are delighted that everyone is negative and now we really start to go and put a marker on the tournament.

"It's hard because there are Covid rules and you still have to sit two metres apart.

"Apart from training you have to relax because there are tough games coming up and a lot of tough training so, every opportunity you get, you have to relax and rest and recover.

"The place is massive so you can go out walks and there's facilities and the training pitch is great, we have a spa we can use.

"There's a golf course here but I'm not very good. I will try. I think Robbo [Andy Robertson] fancies himself and Greg [Taylor] as well. There's a few decent players, John McGinn is decent as well.

"There's a few good golfers so we just need to tag along with them."

In addition to giving his team-mates a lesson over 18 holes, captain Robertson has also provided a gift box for every member of the national team ahead of the tournament.

"When we came here Robbo gave us all a gift of a box with a lot of things in it and that made me realise that we were at the Euros and it's started now," Nisbet said.

"There were apple watches, earphones. There was a shirt, shortbread, Irn-Bru, a lot of stuff to do with Scotland.

"That's credit to Robbo. He's a great captain and a great leader and the best person to take us forward.

"Coming to facilities like this and the skipper giving us gifts makes you realise that you are in a major tournament and we're all really excited.

"I think it was a great touch from him. It brings the squad together even closer. He's a great guy, a great captain, and he's the one to take us forward.

"Everyone was very appreciative. He has obviously gone out his own way to do that. When you have got a skipper that does that, then 100 per cent you back them."

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