The likes of Aston Villa man John McGinn and Celtic loanee Jack Hendry could be rested as Scotland play Faroe Islands.
Steve Clarke’s side will play the final match in their triple-header of opening World Cup qualifying matches this evening at Hampden. After two draws with Austria and Israel in their previous matches, Scotland need a win to boost their chances of going to the tournament in Qatar next year.
Here’s who we think will start the match in Mount Florida.
Formation – 4-2-3-1
Clarke has switched to this formation from the 3-5-2 in both matches when Scotland have started slowly. We believe he’ll aim to start on the front-foot with his ‘plan B’ and swap from three at the back to four.
Goalkeeper – Craig Gordon
Usual number one David Marshall has played the last two games and Clarke has hinted he may be rested against Faroe Islands. Number two goalkeeper is Craig Gordon and we believe the Hearts stopper will start.
Defence – O’Donnell, Hanley, Tierney, Robertson
All four of these men start for the third game six days as Clarke looks for a settled defensive line, as he has spoken of during this international camp. The person who drops from the 3-5-2 is Jack Hendry, Oostende’s Celtic loanee hooked at half-time against Israel.
Midfield – Christie, McTominay, McGregor, McLean, Fraser
Christie was effective from the bench in Israel and we predict the Celtic star to begin on the right-flank. The one notable omission is Aston Villa man McGinn, who we believe will be replaced by Kenny McLean in the centre of the park, a substitute in both matches so far.
Attack – Adams
The Southampton striker was brilliant on his full debut against the Israelis, assisting Newcastle United’s Ryan Fraser for the important goal. We reckon Clarke will opt for the Premier League star again.
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