From picking the formation to deciding where Manchester United star Scott McTominay plays, several key questions await Steve Clarke next week.

He’ll lead Scotland into a massive match in Serbia. A victory in this Euro 2020 play-off final would seal the nation’s first major tournament place since 1998.

From 3-5-2 to a Manchester United star, big decisions await Clarke. (Photo by Frank Abbeloos/Isosport/MB Media/Getty Images)

With plenty to ponder ahead of this momentous match, we take a look at three questions for Scotland to answer ahead of the game.

The formation

3-5-2 has been the go-to selection for Clarke in recent internationals, Manchester United midfielder McTominay and Declan Gallagher of Motherwell featuring most regularly in this system.

But whether Clarke opts for this same formation he used for three home games away from Hampden is interesting. Serbia carry several threats like Dusan Tadic and more defensive systems may be used to limit them.

Centre-half selection

Last time out, Clarke was forced to call upon Andy Considine, Paul McGinn and Paul Hanlon at short notice as bodies dropped out his squad. Now Liam Cooper and Scott McKenna are returning after their injuries.

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Does the Manchester United man feature? Or does the Leeds United skipper come in? (Photo by Craig Williamson/SNS Group via Getty Images)

It gives Clarke first-choice options but also poses another few questions. Does Aberdeen hero Considine keep his place after two stellar performances? And does Manchester United midfielder McTominay remain in defence or move to his natural position?

Who links to Dykes?

Whether it’s two strikers or one, somebody either in the form of a striker or an attacking midfielder will have to link play to Dykes. He has been Scotland’s talisman in the previous five matches.

Ryan Fraser did this job well against Czech Republic and Slovakia but Clarke could go for a natural goalscorer in Lawrence Shankland or a playmaker in Ryan Christie.

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