He moved the likes of Manchester United star Scott McTominay around – but it worked in the end for Steve Clarke as Scotland beat Faroe Islands 4-0.
The Manchester United man was moved into centre-back from his natural midfield position while Ryan Fraser was played at right-wing-back, two goals from John McGinn plus Che Adams and Fraser securing an easy World Cup qualification win.
Manager Clarke explained the tactical switch (Sky Sports): “We have showed before that we are capable of changing the flow of our system and the flow of a game. I think people get a little bit hung up when you go three at the back.
“Three at the back is less defenders than four at the back, I think, I have always thought that. It is an attacking system. Belgium played three at the back last week and scored eight goals. It gives you the option to play two strikers.”
Victory over Faroe Islands puts Scotland second in the World Cup qualification group, Clarke adding: “We always have positivity. Sometimes we get a little trickle of negativity coming from other areas, but within the camp it is positive.
“We think we are a good squad, we think we can be a good team, we know have to improve but the spirit within the camp is good. So what’s not to be positive about? It is five points from the first three games, which is good.”
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