Declan Gallagher believes the back three formation with the likes of Manchester United star Scott McTominay and Aberdeen’s Andy Considine is working for Scotland.

Motherwell’s captain was again at the heart of Steve Clarke’s defence as Scotland beat Slovakia 1-0 on Sunday courtesy of a Lyndon Dykes effort in the second half.


Gallagher shone on Sunday alogside the men from Manchester United and Aberdeen. (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN/AFP via Getty Images)

It was another clean sheet for the back three system Clarke is implementing. Manchester United midfielder McTominay has been the one consistent in this system, playing every game over the last two camps as his progression into a defender continues to show green shoots.

Gallagher has played the last two matches, showing experience and solidity against Israel and Slovakia. Considine meanwhile came in for his debut at the age of 33 and didn’t put a foot wrong against Slovakia.

29-year-old Gallagher believes it’s a system that is working effectively as he explains the ‘positive’ vibe in the Scotland camp just now.


Defending stoutly. (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN/AFP via Getty Images)

“It was brilliant, I think that’s seven unbeaten now which is really positive for the camp and the whole nation,” said Gallagher (Scotland NT). “The back three is good, it’s been really solid.


“We’ve been working on it quite a lot in the last two camps and I think it’s working well.

“We have kept two clean sheets and we aren’t conceding many shots.


Battling hard. (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN/AFP via Getty Images)

“When you are winning games there isn’t a lot to say. I thought it was a really professional performance from start to finish.

“It’s very positive in the camp now, we want to finish the Nations League top of the group.”

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