Scotland manager Steve Clarke has hailed his back three after Scotland picked up another clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Slovakia.

Manchester United star Scott McTominay, Motherwell captain Declan Gallagher and Aberdeen legend Andy Considine were imperious as a Lyndon Dykes goal was enough to settle this Nations League match.

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Those from Aberdeen, Motherwell and Manchester United shone. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Clarke’s style may not be for the neutral but it’s certainly effective at grinding out results. That’s now seven games unbeaten for the national side, keeping a clean sheet in the last two games.

His back three have been crucial in this. Against Slovakia, McTominay continued his transition from Manchester United midfielder to Scotland centre-back, Gallagher lead by example in the heart of defence whilst Considine silenced a few critics with a standout Scotland debut at the tender age of 33.

 

Clarke now has his side sitting top of the Nations League group heading into Wednesday’s match with Czech Republic. The Scotland manager had words of praise for his backline after the 1-0 win.

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Words of praise from the Scotland boss. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“I think it was a good performance from start to finish,” said Clarke (BBC). “Our back three – Scott McTominay who supposedly can’t play in central defence, was excellent. Declan Gallagher was excellent.

“And Andrew Considine on his debut at 33 years of age – he’s waited a long time for it – he didn’t let himself down tonight, he was really good. I think tonight you’re looking round the team and you’re struggling to find someone you can criticise.

“It takes a little bit of time to build confidence so that you can get clean sheets. We’ve started to do that, we’ve started to look more difficult to play against, which is great.”

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