From Manchester United man Scott McTominay’s position to the forward line, there’s plenty of decisions for Scotland manager Steve Clarke to make ahead of tonight’s match with Austria.
The national team kick-off World Cup 2022 qualifying against an Austrian side travelling with their entire squad after Bundesliga players were given permission to play over this international break. Manager Clarke has selection headaches, whether that be move Manchester United star McTominay back into midfield or hand Che Adams a debut.
NTOF takes a look at who might start for Scotland as qualifying on the road to Qatar looks to start positively.
Formation – 3-5-2
Clarke has spoken of switching up from the 3-5-2 system but we reckon he sticks with that against Austria. It’s tried, it’s tested, it gets results. The Scotland boss will hope for more of the same against Austria
Goalkeeper – David Marshall
The Derby County keeper hasn’t started for the Rams since going off injured on the 26th of February against Nottingham Forest. But he’s got enough credit in the bank after his Serbian heroics to hold down the number one spot.
Defence – McTominay, McKenna, Tierney
There’s one change in the backline but perhaps not the one everyone expects. There’s been so much debate over whether McTominay will move into his Manchester United position of midfield but we believe Clarke will use him in defence again.
Kieran Tierney remains on the left-side of the back-three while Scott McKenna is brought to the centre of defence. Usual pick Declan Gallagher hasn’t started for Motherwell since January while McKenna has been Nottingham Forest captain in his last three matches.
Wing-backs/Midfield – O’Donnell, McGinn, McGregor, Armstrong, Robertson
Motherwell’s Stephen O’Donnell and captain Andy Robertson have the wing-back positions locked down in this formation. Midfield is where Scotland have so much strength, but we believe John McGinn and Callum McGregor will do the dirty work to allow Stuart Armstrong to operate further up the park.
Strikers – Adams and Dykes
Adams has been brought into the Scotland squad for a potential debut after pledging his allegiances to the nation. We think he’ll be drafted in for a quickfire start alongside Lyndon Dykes, who has been the focal point of Scotland’s attacks under Clarke recently.
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