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CLARKE’S HAMPDEN MISSION

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SCOTLAND boss Steve Clarke is NOT aiming for revenge against Kazakhstan when the curtain comes down on the ill-fated Euro 2020 qualifying campaign at Hampden tomorrow night.

The international gaffer is only interested in a victory that would bring the nation three successive wins to round off a group that saw the Scots get off to a disastrous start.

Alex McLeish was in charge when his players nosedived to an embarrassing 3-0 defeat in Astana in March – a result that went a long way to the former much-travelled manager getting the sack.

But Clarke — who has called up Kilmarnock’s Eamonn Brophy to replace injured Ayr United striker Lawrence Shankland — is only interested in a good performance and a win ahead of the Euro 2020 play-offs in March.

The Scots chief, speaking to the Scottish Sun, said: “I’m not one for revenge. It’s an important game because we want to finish third.

“We also want to go into the play-off game on the back of three wins in a row and it’s a chance to do that.

“We want that feelgood factor and slowly it’s starting to come back. The fans will have gone home from Cyprus pleased after a 2-1 win.

“It will be nice to see a few of them back at Hampden on Tuesday.

“In the last few games I’ve made four or five changes. Right now I’m not envisaging I’ll make that many this time.”

Norwich midfielder Kenny McLean was sidelined for the game in Nicosia, but could come back into contention.

Clarke added: “He picked up a knock with his club, but we didn’t pull him out the squad as we had enough withdrawals.

“Kenny has an outside chance of being available. We’ll assess what we have injury-wise and if we feel we need to pull Kenny back in we can do that.”

 

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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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