How will Scotland line up against Israel? (Photo by Christian Hofer/Getty Images)

Scotland team v Israel: Is this Steve Clarke's line-up for crucial World Cup qualifier at Hampden?

Steve Clarke has a key team-selection decision to make when Israel visit Hampden on Saturday evening.

Friday, 8th October 2021, 11:29 am

The Scotland manager has stood by a tried and now trusted defensive formula which allows him to pair Kieran Tierney and Andrew Robertson in the same side, and one which is built around a partnership in the central area between Tierney, Grant Hanley and Jack Hendry.

The trio complement one another in Clarke’s favoured style but a spanner has been thrown in the works by Hanley’s suspension.

Who will replace him could have a knock-on effect fruther forward – and that’s without mentioning the right-back quandry with Stephen O’Donnell and Nathan Patterson both vying for a role having both impressed on their most recent outings.

It is an important game in the section and with half a dozen Scotland walking a suspension tightrope, there is plenty to occupy the manager before he turns his thoughts to a flight to the Faroe Islands.

Here’s one way he could line up against Israel for the key World Cup qualifier. But will he, and would you?

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