Scotland boss Steve Clarke hasn’t shut the door on Southampton midfielder Stuart Armstrong just yet.
The 56-year-old has named his Scotland side for upcoming internationals against Russia and San Marino, but there’s no room for the St Mary’s midfielder.
He’s been replaced by Sheffield United midfielder John Fleck, who has impressed in his past few Premier League matches with the Blades.
Clarke hasn’t ruled out an Armstrong call-up in the future though.
He told the Herald (sport, page three, 02/10/19): “I wanted to bring John Fleck in to have a look and Stuart missed out.
“He’s not getting a lot of game time. I certainly wouldn’t close the door on someone with Stuart’s ability.”
Lack of Southampton minutes has cost Armstrong
Armstrong is a Scotland regular at this point, having made 16 senior appearances for his national side.
At Southampton though he has struggled for minutes this term. Whilst he has featured in six different Premier League matches, he’s only been on the park for 71 minutes.
John McGinn, Scott McTominay, Kenny McLean and John Fleck are all playing more minutes in the same league, so it isn’t surprising to see Armstrong dropped from the squad for the time being.
His lack of playing time down south has cost him his Scotland place seemingly. Before he thinks about his Scotland future again, it looks as if he’ll need to get back into the Southampton team first.