Steve Clarke has branded the absence of Arsenal and Liverpool duo Kieran Tierney and Andy Robertson from the Scotland squad ‘unfortunate.’

Clarke has had to do without the Premier League pair after they both failed to make the latest Scotland squad through fitness concerns.

They are both missing international duty  (JACK GUEZ/AFP via Getty Images)

Speaking before the 2-1 win against Cyprus, Clarke says he’s being forced into coping without the influential defenders.

He told the Scottish Daily Mail (page 124, 16/11/19): “There is nothing I can do. It is just the way it has panned out.

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“It is unfortunate you don’t have both of them at the same time but there is a chance for the boys who are here in the squad.”

Clarke needs Tierney and Robertson for crucial Scotland matches

There have been questions raised over whether Tierney should have been involved with the Scotland squad. Arsenal didn’t want him to play because of concerns over fitness, but he’s featured in seven Gunners matches.

Questions have been asked. (Photo by Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)

Robertson meanwhile confirmed an ankle injury ruled him out of both matches against Cyprus and Kazakhstan.

In the Cypriot clash, Greg Taylor did well to cover for the absent duo. He grabbed an assist as Scotland put a confidence boosting win on the board, which displayed that Taylor is reliable cover.

In the big games like the upcoming Euro 2020 play-offs though, you need your big players to give you that star quality. Tierney and Robertson bring that and Clarke will be hoping for their Scotland return come March.

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