Steve Clarke rings changes as Scotland face Armenia

The manager has utilised his squad for the Nations League opener.

Steve Clarke rings changes as Scotland face Armenia SNS Group

Steve Clarke has made a number of changes to his Scotland team as they face Armenia in the Nations League.

The manager has made six changes from the team that lost 3-1 to Ukraine in the World Cup play-off last week, as he uses the depth of his squad.

Ryan Christie comes into the starting line-up for the injured Lyndon Dykes in attack, with substantial changes in defence in particular.

Craig Gordon starts in goal behind a back three of Scott McKenna, Jack Hendry and John Souttar, with Grant Hanley, Liam Cooper and Scott McTominay dropping to the bench.

Captain Andy Robertson remains on the left flank, with Anthony Ralston making his start, replacing Aaron Hickey on the right.

John McGinn and Callum McGregor remain in the heart of midfield, with Stuart Armstrong and Ryan Christie either side of Che Adams.

The match is the first of the new Nations League campaign, with Scotland travelling to play Republic of Ireland on Saturday before a return game against Armenia in Yerevan next week.

The second half of the fixtures will take place in September, with the Irish side coming to Hampden, and home and away games against Ukraine.

The group winners will be pomoted to the A League for the next Nations League, securing games against Europe’s top sides, but will also book a play-off place if needed to qualify for Euro 2024.

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