Scotland team v Croatia named: Billy Gilmour replacement revealed

Steve Clarke has named his Scotland starting line-up for the Euro 2020 crunch match against Croatia at Hampden.

Scotland's coach Steve Clarke has picked his team to face Croatia (Photo by FRANK AUGSTEIN/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

A place in history is at stake as the national side attempt to qualify for the knock-out phase of a major tournament for the first time ever.

Scotland will progress to the last 16 if they claim the three points in their final Group D fixture, which will be easier said than done againt a Croatia side who were World Cup runners-up only three years ago.

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Clarke’s biggest selection dilemma centred around replacing Billy Gilmour a stand-out in the 0-0 draw at Wembley on Friday, who is ruled out after being placed into self-isolation following a positive Covid test on Monday.

The Scotland goalkeeper was solid at Wembley after being caught out by the Czech Republic. Another clean sheet tonight would go a long way towards securing qualification for the last 16.

Here is the starting XI he has selected for the biggest match the country has faced in decades ...

Steve Clarke's swiss army knife reverted to right side of the back three at Wembley after starting in midfield against the Czechs. His impressive performance against England ensures he starts in defence again tonight.
Defensive centre-point has been reliably solid in both games - and particularly stood out at Wembley. No nonsense at the back is the sort of attitude Steve Clarke needs in his role in the central three, and the Dumfries man delivers.
Made such a difference to the side at Wembley after missing the tournament opener - and he will be vital to Scotland's hopes again tonight. His driving runs from defence can cause Croatia problems.
Two excellent showings from the captain so far in the tournament - a third is crucial if Scotland are to have any chance of progress.
To say he went from zero to hero would be a little harsh but should be riding the crest of a wave after an outstanding display against England followed a maligned performance in the opener. Will be tasked with keeping dangerman Ivan Perisic quiet.
After a brilliant shift against England, same again from McGregor is required to shackle Modric and keep Scotland ticking. Looked back to himself at Wembley and one more busy shift could push Scotland over the line.
After being shackled by the Czechs he stepped up against England - as they all did. Scotland's driving force will again have the nation's expectations on him for some more Hampden magic.
Gilmour's replacement in the starting XI, the Southampton man made a late sub appearance at Wembley after starting against the Czechs. His will be the one charged with supporting the front two and driving forward with the ball.
Has shown what he brings to the team in a game and a half - and notable by his absence early on against Czech Republic. Adams will be key to Scotland's hopes and though he has yet to score (as they all have) he's found the right positions.
Physical presence will be required against strong defenders of Croatia and will give Dejan Loveren a battle - while winning flick-ons for Adams or knock-downs for Armstrong. Is due a goal.

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