Scotland manager Steve Clarke has said Norwich midfielder Kenny McLean has an ‘outside chance’ of making his national team’s clash with Kazakhstan.

The ex-Aberdeen player missed the match against Cyprus through injury and now faces a fitness race to make the final Euro 2020 qualifier.

Norwich midfielder McLean is fighting for Scotland fitness (Photo by Soccrates/Getty Images)

Clarke says there is a chance he could feature. He told the Daily Record (page 55, 18/11/19): “Kenny picked up a knock with his club but we didn’t pull him out of the squad because we had enough withdrawals.

“He now has an outside chance of being available for Tuesday.”

Scotland can cope without Norwich man McLean

It would obviously be great if McLean was fit for duty at Hampden. If he is genuinely injured though, there may be little use in rushing him into action for what is a relatively meaningless encounter.

No point rushing him back. (Photo by David Horton – CameraSport via Getty Images)

Clarke’s got John McGinn, Callum McGregor, Stuart Armstrong, John Fleck and Ryan Jack amongst the names he can pick for a starting berth against Kazakhstan.

That’s a strong pool of players and McLean isn’t even guaranteed to start when fully fit. If there are any doubts over his fitness, Clarke has enough quality to cope without him for an extra game.

It would be beneficial if McLean was available but it’s hardly the end of the world if he isn’t.

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