Steve Clarke on why Scotland's fourth goal in 4-0 win over Faroes was his favourite

Steve Clarke has explained why Scotland’s last goal in the 4-0 win over the Faroe Islands gave him most pleasure as his side secured their first win of the World Cup qualifying campaign.

Scotland manager Steve Clarke during the 4-0 win over the Faroe Islands   (Photo by Rob Casey / SNS Group)
Scotland manager Steve Clarke during the 4-0 win over the Faroe Islands (Photo by Rob Casey / SNS Group)

The Scotland manager watched his side eventually ease past the Faroes after a tight first-half which saw the hosts lead thanks to the first of John McGinn’s two goals – both of which came from Kieran Tierney assists.

The Aston Villa midfielder struck again shortly after half-time before Che Adams – from another Tierney assist - and Ryan Fraser completed the scoring to take Scotland into second place in Group F. It was Fraser’s goal, scored with a header from skipper Andy Robertson’s cross, which gave Clarke most pleasure.

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“There were good assists from Kieran, good assists from Andy,” said the manager. “I liked the one from Andy because it was one wing-back to another wing-back and it’s got to be a quality cross to pick out the smallest person on the pitch against a team that is all six-foot plus.

“There were good combinations on the left-hand side - Kieran, Andy, Callum (McGregor), they worked really well.”

Clarke praised McGregor and Kenny McLean for allowing McGinn to roam forward. “He has licence to arrive in the box with a bit more defensive duties tonight falling to Kenny McLean, who had a really good game tonight,” he said. “Callum gives us that comfort on the ball, he moves the ball well. I was pleased with all three of them.”

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