Former Hibs captain and Scotland international Ian Murray has given his verdict on the selection dilemma facing Steve Clarke ahead of tomorrow’s crunch World Cup qualifier against Moldova as he ponders who to start in attack with Lyndon Dykes and Ryan Christie both missing.
Hibs star Kevin Nisbet has been joined in the squad by new boy Jacob Clark of Stoke City and Murray admits deciding on how to set his side up in Chisinau is a “tough one” for the Scotland boss.
Nisbet hasn’t been in great form so far this season but Murray insists he’s more than capable of scoring on his day – hoping the Easter Road star is “mentally ready” for the Moldova clash.
“It’s a tough one for the manager,” admitted Murray [EEN].
“In Brown, you’ve got someone new coming into the squad. In Nisbet, we’ve got someone we know can perform. I haven’t seen much of him this season, though from what I hear his recent form has not been fantastic.
“These are the stages you get judged on as well. With no disrespect, scouts don’t come to watch you for the matches against the likes of St Mirren or Ross County, it’s the matches against Celtic or Rangers or playing for the national team. That’s where you need to perform.
“Personally, if Clarke goes with two, I think he’ll go with Nisbet. He’s got that extra experience at the international level, and we know Kevin’s got the capability of scoring on his day. He’s got great movement and he’s a really good finisher. I just hope he’s mentally ready for the game.”
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