Scotland manager Steve Clarke insists players won't be 'overawed' by Halaand as Rangers defender returns
The manager did not include any surprises although Che Adams is unavailable due to injury. Steve Clarke is confident Edinburgh duo Kevin Nisbet and Lawrence Shankland, from Hibs and Hearts respectively, can help make up for the Southampton striker’s absence against Norway and Georgia next month.
It’s in defence where focus will be most heavily trained, in the first game at least. Scotland head to Oslo to play Haaland’s Norway after a training camp in Spain and then host Georgia as they bid to maintain their position as group pace setters following the victory over Spain in March.
A result in Oslo will help to that end but Norway know they will need to win to get their campaign back on track. On the day Scotland earned a famous victory over Spain, Norway dropped points in Georgia.
Haaland missed their last two games due to injury but is expected to lead the line next month having scored 52 goals – so far - in all competitions in his first season at Manchester City.
“We have English Premier League players as well, so we have players playing at a high level and they understand what to expect from players like Haaland,” noted Clarke.
“Don’t forget the boy (Martin) Odegaard as well, (Mohamed) Elyounoussi at Southampton. I know they’ve had a difficult end to the season, but these are all good players.
“They’ve got players playing in Serie A, they’ve got players playing in the top leagues all over Europe. As have Georgia. And so do we.”
“He’s got good ability and his goalscoring record speaks for itself,” added Clarke. “But he is playing in a half-decent team in Man City, who do create a lot of chances for him. If we as a team can limit the chances for Norway, then maybe we can control Erling Haaland a little bit better.”
Rangers defender John Souttar returns to the squad for the first time in a year and could be charged with shackling the striker with Grant Hanley absent due to injury.
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