Steve Clarke has selected his Scotland team to play Austria in World Cup 2022 qualifying this evening, with Manchester United star Scott McTominay back in midfield.
There has been debate in the build-up as to whether the Manchester United star would play in defence or midfield, playing centre-back for Clarke in recent matches. But the Scots boss has opted to play him in his natural engine room position where has thrived for his club, Grant Hanley and Jack Hendry coming into defence.
Scotland are back in action for the first time this year in the opening match of qualifying for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. They face an Austria side boosted by the return of Bundesliga players who were due to miss out because of travel restrictions.
Euro 2020 will end Scotland’s wait for tournament football this summer but manager Clarke wants focus in the Austria match: “The squad is focused completely on the World Cup games because they are the most important ones.
“We have said almost since we qualified for the Euros that we don’t want to be one-tournament wonders. We want to have a continued period of success. That starts against Austria at Hampden.
“They are a good team. I think their strength is probably in the team rather than individuals. Like any Austrian team, physically strong but good technically as well. Dangerous in certain areas of the pitch.
“We will set up to try and nullify that but we want to be on the front foot as well, we want to make sure we cause them a lot of problems, which I think we can. Sometimes we play ourselves down a bit in this country.”
Here is Scotland’s lineup in full.
Marshall, Hendry, Hanley, Tierney, O’Donnell, McTominay, McGinn, Robertson, Christie, Armstrong, Dykes.