It is Scotland v Israel again this afternoon as Steve Clarke’s side look to take a big step towards securing a playoff place for 2022 World Cup in Qatar –  and the Tartan Army boss has named a strong side for the Hampden clash.

With only Grant Hanley unavailable from the squad, Clarke has opted for Scott McTominay to come in for the suspended Hanley, partnering Jack Hendry and Kieran Tierney in the three-man central defence.

Nathan Patterson and Andy Robertson will occupy the wing-back roles while Billy Gilmour, John McGinn and Callum McGregor will make up the midfield.

Hibs striker Kevin Nisbet will have to make do with a place on the bench as Clarke goes with Lyndon Dykes and Ché Adams in attack

Only one point splits Scotland and Israel in the hunt for second place and the spot in the playoffs that comes with it as the sides meet for the seventh time in three years.

Scotland have only won once in that time and Clarke and his players will be well aware that they simply can’t afford defeat if they are to keep their World Cup hopes alive.

Three players in the Scotland line-up – Jack Hendry Lyndon Dykes and Ché Adams – are all one booking away from suspension and with the Faroe Islands up next in midweek, they will have to watch their step.

Here’s the confirmed starting XI for Scotland v Israel:

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