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From Alasdair Lamont
Head coach Steve Clarke says it is”me up to discover the answer” for Scotland’s underwhelming performances following Russia dealt a grave blow to their own Euro 2020 eligibility hopes.
Clarke’s negative are in Group I with six points from five games following Friday’s meek 2-1 defeat by Russia.
The world’s top-ranked team, belgium, are in Hampden.
“You should believe there is a remedy. It’s only my third game so I am still learning about the gamers,” he explained.
“There are a few places where we are stronger than others but, within the category, I think we’ve got enough talent to be aggressive. When you take a close have a take a look at the onset of the sport – we have great players.”
Scotland have secured a Nations League place, which means they stay two matches away from reaching next year’s Euros.
But Clarke’s side are six points adrift of second-placed Russia in Group I with five games to play and the top two earning automatic eligibility.
The national trainer admits he had been baffled by his group’s failure to take advantage of an ideal start, together with the 10th-minute purpose completed by Artem Dzyuba until the momentum towards the visitors swung of John McGinn.
“For a reason I’ve yet to determine, we stepped off the game and allowed Russia to control us and enforce their style of play on us,” Clarke said.
“Why we allowed that sport to drift away from uswhether it is a psychological thing or a superior thing, we will have to assess.”
Looking ahead of Monday’s game against Belgium, he added:”I talked about the three difficult games coming up and that is the very first gone, three points are away.
“So Monday is beginning to look as a game that we need to take something from, while it’s one stage or 3, to provide ourselves a realistic possibility from the group.”
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