Scotland have got an insurmountable task this evening. They take on Belgium in the fourth round of Euro 2020 qualifiers.
Nobody should expect Scotland to take anything away from this game. The Belgians are the best ranked side in the world right now. They have world-class players in every department and it could be a long night for their opponents.
Regardless, it’ll still be a good experience for Steve Clarke’s new look side. Playing against some of the best will only stand his team in good stead for the Nations League fixtures and upcoming Euro qualifiers.
NTOF has taken a stab at who he’ll start in Brussels.
Two Scotland changes from Cyprus battle
There may be some tired legs in the camp. I don’t feel, however, that’ll come into play for Clarke. I’d expect changes more on the basis it’ll likely have to be a more defensive approach in Brussels.
David Marshall should retain the number one spot after a fine return to the national setup against Cyprus. At right-back will be Stephen O’Donnell and at left-back will be Champions League winner Andy Robertson.
Central defence is where I think the first change will be. Charlie Mulgrew keeps his place for experience purposes, but John Souttar is who I think will make a start in defence against the Belgians.
In midfield will be John McGinn and Callum McGregor, but I think Kenny McLean drops out of the side. Scott McTominay would be the man to replace him. The Manchester United midfielder has experience playing against Europe’s elite and offers more defensive protection.
Ryan Fraser and James Forrest keep their places on the wing. Eamonn Brophy will also keep his place, despite having a frustrating debut. Clarke doesn’t have much in terms of a forward line and Brophy is probably his best bet from what he has at his disposal.
In all I think there will be two changes to the side that faced Cyprus, with Clarke going for a 4-3-2-1. I think that’ll look like a 4-3-3 going forward, with Fraser and Forrest supporting Brophy on the attack.
Here’s the full starting XI in list form.