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BELGIAN HERO TELLS TARTAN ARMY: ‘STEVE WILL GET IT RIGHT’

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ROMELU LUKAKU, the hammer of the Scots with four goals in three games in a year, has urged the Tartan Army to back Steve Clarke.

The powerhouse striker scored Belgium’s opening goal in their 4-0 Euro 2020 romp over Scotland at Hampden on Monday night.

Clarke, who has lost three of the four games in which he has been in charge since taking over from the sacked Alex McLeish, wrote off any remote chances of qualifying from Group ! after three consecutive defeats in Brussels and against Russia and the Belgians in Glasgow while leaking nine goals and scoring only one.

But Lukaku still reckons his old gaffer can guide the Scots to the next summer’s Finals via the Nations League play-offs in March.

The former Manchester United, who joined Inter Milan in a £75million switch in the summer, told the BBC sport: “I worked with him at West Brom and Steve will get it right for Scotland.

“When we were there together, a lot of people didn’t think we would get to the position we did, but we did it.

“If you give Steve time, he will get it right. He is the right man to give young players a chance and to test them.

“Scott McTominay can be very important for Scotland, but he is not the only one. I think you have a lot of good talents coming through.

“You have Ryan Fraser, who I like a lot, and Oliver Burke. He was at West Brom and is a good player with a lot of pace.

“You just have to develop them and work hard. If you do that, things will improve.”

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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