Newcastle United winger Ryan Fraser is the ‘obvious’ choice to become Scotland’s deputy right-back on international duty in Denmark, says head coach Steve Clarke.

Scotland kick off the first of three World Cup 2022 qualifiers against the Euro 2020 semi-finalists tonight, games against Moldova on Saturday and Austria next Tuesday to follow. The Newcastle United man could be set for a role at right-back or right-wing-back, with natural players Stephen O’Donnell and Nathan Patterson out.

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The Newcastle United man will be a deputy right-back. (Photo by Aitor Alcalde – UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)

Various fitness issues have depleted Clarke’s squad, and he said: “We’ve got a couple of options (at right-back) but Ryan is the obvious one. We have one or two issues again in terms of Kevin Nisbet picked up a knock in training so he is out for this game, he should be hopefully available for the weekend.

“I am also looking to bring another forward player into the squad after this game. And we have a little issue with Stephen O’Donnell getting access to Denmark which is a little bit of a curve ball, which has caught us out a little bit. It is just the way it is, different countries have different rules. We haven’t managed to solve that particular problem.


“I started with a squad of 26 and we will travel to Denmark with 18. Another issue is Jack Hendry, who played in Belgium at nine o’clock on Sunday night and rather than fly him back here for his Covid test at 9am on Monday, the UEFA deadline, we Covid tested him in Belgium. He is okay and he will go direct to Denmark and meet up.”

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