Scotland manager Steve Clarke has named his side for tonight’s sold-out Hampden World Cup qualifier against Israel at Hampden – and the Tartan Army are excited ahead of the crunch clash.
Clarke has named arguably the strongest available XI tonight knowing a defeat would be a huge dent in Scotland’s hopes of securing a playoff place as they try to make it to a World Cup for the first time since 1998.
— Scotland National Team (@ScotlandNT) October 9, 2021
There are starting berths for Billy Gilmour and Nathan Patterson while Scott McTominay returns in place of the suspended Grant Hanley.
Clarke has also opted to go with Lyndon Dykes and Ché Adams in attack with Hibs star Kevin Nisbet having to make do with a place on the bench.
With only four games remaining in the group, a win tonight would be huge for Scotland’s playoff chances, and with the Faroes up next, taking six points from six from this set of games would see Clarke’s side with one foot in the playoffs.
The Tartan Army are pleased to see Patterson named in the starting XI again and the Rangers teen has impressed in his handful of appearances so far for the national team – even dislodging Ibrox captain James Tavernier for the recent win over Hibs at Ibrox.
Here are some of the reactions from the Tartan Army after the Scotland starting XI was confirmed:
Happy with that
Absolutely massive game in front of a full house at Hampden 🏴 https://t.co/2JCepiG8pS
— Lewis Laird (@LewisLaird01) October 9, 2021
— Matt 🏴🎃 (@MReid16_) October 9, 2021
Patterson 🤩🤩 pic.twitter.com/M1fTC2lIvR
— ʙᴇɴ💫 (@BenBaker___) October 9, 2021
What a team pic.twitter.com/AFHWzTbbfJ
— Kenny 🏴🍀 (@SuperStarfelt) October 9, 2021
Patterson that's what we need, you love to see it COME ON SCOTLAND 🏴🏴🏴🏴
— Robbie Collins (@BallZone15) October 9, 2021
Glad to see Patterson start, the correct call. Come on Scotland 🏴
— Aaron Fraser (@AaronFraser37) October 9, 2021
That’s the team mcginn mcgregor and gilmour need to get this game by the scruff of the neck! Good to see Patterson start hopefully defends as well as he attacks.
— batman gilmour (@BatmanGilmour) October 9, 2021
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