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?

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.

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