Jacob Brown starts as Scotland team to face Norway named

Steve Clarke has made his selection for the final Euro 2024 qualifier.

Jacob Brown starts as Scotland team to face Norway at Hampden named SNS Group

Steve Clarke has named his Scotland side to face Norway, with Stoke forward Jacob Brown handed his first start.

Scotland have already booked their place at Euro 2024 with two games to spare but round off their qualifying campaign at the national stadium on Sunday night.

Clarke has stressed the importance of building momentum towards the finals and getting back in the winning habit after four games without a victory. He’ll see his side go up against a Norway team that’s without striker Erling Haaland, after the Manchester City forward injured his foot in a friendly last week.

Clarke has had injury problems to contend with himself over this international break, deprived of a number of key players. Goalkeeper Angus Gunn, captain Andy Robertson, defenders Aaron Hickey and Kieran Tierney, as well as forward Che Adams are all missing.

That prompted a change of shape to a four-man defence for the 2-2 draw in Georgia on Thursday. The manager has gone with the same again against Norway, though Jack Hendry has replaced Ryan Porteous in the back line.

There’s also been change further up the park, where Billy Gilmour, Ryan Christie and Lyndon Dykes drop out and Stuart Armstrong, Kenny McLean and Brown come in.

Scotland start with Zander Clark in goal and a back four of Greg Taylor, Scott McKenna, Hendry and Nathan Patterson.

Scott McTominay and Callum McGregor look to be anchoring the midfield, with captain John McGinn, McLean and Armstrong all playing behind lone striker Brown.

Robby McCrorie, Liam Kelly, Anthony Ralston, Josh Doig, Liam Cooper, Lyndon Dykes, Lawrence Shankland, Ryan Christie, Billy Gilmour, Ryan Porteous, Lewis Ferguson and Ryan Jack ar ethe named substitutes.

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