Scotland head coach Steve Clarke says there aren’t ‘too many positives’ after a 2-0 World Cup qualification defeat to Denmark – with the likes of Arsenal man Kieran Tierney a talking point.

The Arsenal left-back has been played at left-centre-back by Clarke in the last 12 months but was moved to left-wing-back while captain Andy Robertson shifted to right-back from left-back. A defensive reshuffle did not work as a calamitous first half saw two goals scored by Denmark in the first 15 minutes. It was enough to defeat Scotland.

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Scotland suffered a costly defeat as the likes of Arsenal defender Tierney raised eyebrows. (Photo by Lars Ronbog / FrontZoneSport via Getty Images)

Clarke’s side have five points from four opening Group F matches, with the road to the World Cup in Qatar next year becoming more complex. Denmark lead the group by five points and wins against Moldova and Austria over the next six days are a must if Scottish qualification is to be had. Scotland have won one competitive match in nine.

Clarke said (Sky): “They blew us away a little bit with the intensity of their start. Conceding two goals in quick succession made it a long night for us. We showed a bit of character in the second half and we got better in the game but it’s a disappointing night.

“We expected a high energy start. When you look at both goals we could’ve done better. We didn’t give ourselves a platform in the game and it took us until 30 minutes before we got a feel for it. By that time the game had gone beyond our reach.

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Clarke is left deflated. (Photo by Vincent Mignott/DeFodi Images via Getty Images)

“I don’t think that was the sole cause of our problems first half. We defended too deep. We weren’t brave enough in the backline. When you lose there aren’t too many positives. We have to go away, recover well and get three points at Hampden on Saturday.”

Fans meanwhile have debated the game, with the decision to swap Arsenal and Liverpool left-back’s Tierney and Robertson out of their respective roles raising eyebrows.

 

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