Scotland’s bid to reach the 2022 World Cup takes another step forward tonight when Steve Clarke’s side take on the Faroe Islands knowing a win leaves them tantalasingly close to a spot in the playoffs – and the Tartan Army boss faces a few decisions over his starting XI for the crunch clash.
After the late drama of Saturday’s win over Israel, tonight’s game should be a bit more of a formality against the Faroes with only three games left in the qualifying campaign.
A win tonight and defeats for both Israel and Austria would see Scotland claim a playoff place with two games to spare and the four point cushion over their nearest rivals has Clarke’s side very much in control of their own destiny.
While the temptation is there to make wholesale changes and introduce a number of fringe players to the starting XI, it is too late in the campaign and there’s too much at stake for Clarke to start messing around.
And, well he’s Steve Clarke. He doesn’t exactly strike as being Mr. Adventurous.
When it comes to the starting XI tonight, there is likely to be two changes, Grant Hanley for Callum McGregor and Kevin Nisbet for Ché Adams.
Craig Gordon should get the nod in goal with a back five of Nathan Patterson, Jack Hendry, Hanley, Kieran Tierney and Andy Robertson ahead of him.
With Hanley expected to come into the side for McGregor, that will see Scott McTominay anchor the midfield after playing in defence at the weekend with Billy Gilmour and John McGinn tasked with being the creative spark for Clarke’s side.
Ché Adams’ injury in the Israel win will see him miss out and, despite being replaced by Ryan Christie and Hampden, Kevin Nisbet would be the preferred option to replace the Southampton striker and partner Lyndon Dykes up front.
Here’s how we think Scotland will line-up against the Faroe Islands tonight:
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