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Euro 2020 Qualifiers - Group I - Matchdays 3 & 4

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Saturday 8th June

Russia Vs San Marino
Belgium Vs Kazakhstan
Scotland Vs Cyprus

Tuesday 11th June

Kazakhstan Vs San Marino
Belgium Vs Scotland
Russia Vs Cyprus

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Clarke names his first squad. Oliver McBurnie is a bit of a surprise, seems to have had a great year in the English Championship.

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Seems McBurnie is injured, and with Griffiths still absent leaves a glaring weakness in the team. Personally would like to see:

Marshall

O'Donnell - Soutar - McKenna - Robertson

McGinn - McGregor

Forrest - McLean - Fraser

McNulty

Armstrong needs to be playing far more regularly to have him back in the team just yet.

Soutar and McKenna are still young, and could be a centre back pairing for years to come. Might as well start figuring them out now.

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Robertson scores to eventually put Scotland ahead against Cyprus.

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Not been very encouraging creatively but Robertson has shown why he's been made captain. 

 

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Not a fine performance, by any means, but a victory and plenty of things to learn from.

Mulgrew has long since peaked as a footballer, and even then I'd be uncomfortable with him playing. Never mind being the right sided centre back. Being unable to control and pass the ball with his right foot slowed down any recycling of possession and lost precious time tonight.

In midfield, Mclean was the only player sitting with McGinn and MacGregor playing further forward. To make the most of the players in the team and the type of game to be played against Cyprus, they needed only one to be further advanced.

When Robertson overlaps, with Fraser loving to cut inside, it just created congestion with him running into space already occupied.

Plus, when any attack broke down McLean had limited options beside him and inevitably had to pass it back to the centre backs.

Brophy would be far more suited to the game on Tuesday night than today. With a defence sitting deep, he doesn't have the qualities to cause them enough problems. Burke, with his physical presence, caused them far more problems in his limited time.

Also, on a more general note. The attacking corners were dreadful, and almost always led to Cyprus breaking in transition. Changing the personnel in defensive positions for corners might help.

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Away against Belgium. Two most dangerous forwards benched. Andy Robertson not in the squad. Mulgrew at CB. 

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Courtois will probably touch the ball as much as Steve Clarke...

Will be a very long evening ahead.

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Genius tactics to funnel Belgium's best chances to Lukaku. 

We would probably be 2 or 3 down if not for his bowfin finishing. 

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6 minutes ago, Inverted said:

Genius tactics to funnel Belgium's best chances to Lukaku. 

We would probably be 2 or 3 down if not for his bowfin finishing. 

scores just before half-time...

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1 minute ago, Stan said:

scores just before half-time...

After missing a couple of near-open-goals the Belgians finally managed to create a literal open goal situation for him. 

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Could have been worse considering how weak the lineout was. Didn't gift Belgium any properly clear chances but Hazard and KdB were just too good. 

Need a more mobile and progressive central defence. Tierney and one of Souttar/Bates/Findlay would really help us defend a little higher and play out a bit better. 

RB is a problem position and there's no real solution. Tierney was not bad there if we can spare him, and O'Donnell will hopefully get a bit better. 

Burke doesn't work as a striker. His movement is terrible and his finishing isn't consistent enough. Brophy lacks his pace or presence but he fights for second balls and makes the right runs. You could even play Fletcher as a focal point and let Fraser and Forrest run beyond him. Or even play an attacking mid like Armstrong or Christie as a false nine to be more counterattacking. 

Considering the selection issues, and the length of time Clarke has had, there's really nothing to judge over the last two games. 

 

 

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Lukaku or Higuain... 

 

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Posted (edited)

Belgium are shitebags because their creative players are so fucking good that they are even able to subject teams to the indignity of conceding to a finisher as dogshit as Lukaku. 

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A game at the end of the (absurdly long) season, against the No.1 team in the world, with a weakened team...

It wasn't bad. These are not the games that they will be judged on. Next up is Belgium and Russia at home. Going to be another huge test.

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