Former Scotland manager Craig Levein has called on the national team to work on their finishing after misses against Moldova – but there are positives signs amid chances for Arsenal left-back Kieran Tierney and captain Andy Robertson.
Steve Clarke’s side are sitting comfortable against Moldova in World Cup 2022 qualifying. With Israel leading Austria 3-1, there is a chance for Scotland to finish the night in second by holding onto the 1-0 scoreline against Moldova. But after Lyndon Dykes’ first chance, Arsenal man Tierney found himself in the box.
The Arsenal left-back could only header over the bar while Robertson fluffed his lines in front of goal too. Kevin Nisbet had a go blocked by the Moldovan defence, and while Levein has been impressed by the ‘attacking intent’ shown in midfield, he’s aware the national team have to start making chances count.
He said (BBC): “Nathan Patterson was excellent for the goal. He’s stole the ball and driven forward. Nisbet is clever playing it back to him and like all good strikers Dykes is there to follow up. But that’s a sitter for Tierney. He’s five yards out unchallenged. If Robertson squares the ball it’s a tap in for Dykes and it’s 2-0.
“What can you say? The intent is really there so far. McGinn has already had two fantastic bits of work. I feel really good looking at the team. Patterson is a much more attacking full-back than O’Donnell. Gilmour, Christie and McGinn in midfield tells you about the attacking intent.”
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