Scotland head coach Steve Clarke says there is ‘no question’ that his side are still in World Cup 2022 qualification Group F – as he opens up on the decision to play Liverpool left-back Andy Robertson at right-back.

Clarke’s team sit with five points from four matches in Group F after a 2-0 defeat to Denmark this week. Moldova come to Hampden on Saturday before another huge qualifier with Austria next week. Captain and Liverpool man Robertson played right-back as natural choices Stephen O’Donnell and Nathan Patterson were ruled out the Danish match.

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The Liverpool and Scotland man was right-back instead of left. (Photo by MADS CLAUS RASMUSSEN/Ritzau Scanpix/AFP via Getty Images)

And Clarke says the Liverpool full-back wasn’t there by choice: “It was something we were forced into doing in a way.  I could have used other options, but I felt that was the best way to start the game – with experienced players on the pitch.  I don’t think it was so much the personnel, more the shape of the team.

“We allowed Denmark to pin us back, we made the pitch too long and the midfield couldn’t get close to the opposition midfield.  We couldn’t get a handle on the game and I think it came more from the team shape rather than the players or personnel.”

 

Questions remain over whether Clarke’s team can make the World Cup in Qatar next year, but Clarke is confident: “We are still in the group, no question.  We have a tough game against Moldova at the weekend and if we get three points there then we look forward to the Austrian game away. First focus is Saturday – we must get three points.”

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