Scotland boss Steve Clarke has called out the logic of anybody asking for big changes in the wake of their failure to qualify for the World Cup. They were deservedly beaten 3-1 by Ukraine at Hampden Park. Clarke was the subject of criticism for his team selection and lack of tactics. Several players have also been targeted by supporters and pundits.
“What criticism? They’re entitled to their opinion. I don’t know what it (the criticism) was because I didn’t read it, I didn’t hear it, I didn’t listen to it. I deal with games and disappointments and move on. We’ve all been hurting but you have to move on, so Armenia tomorrow, I’m focused on that,” Scotland boss Steve Clarke said. “We had a big disappointment to lose to Denmark last year and we bounced back with six wins. We’ve now lost one in nine and everybody wants to change what worked before – I’m not sure where the logic is in that.”
“Ukraine was better than us on the night. The analysis is what we do, that’s part of the process. But you have to move on to the next game. Rather than harking back – I know you guys want to go back all the time – I and the players want to look forward,” he added. “You have to look at what went wrong but we’ve got another game coming up tomorrow so there’s no point harking back to last week. Let’s focus on tomorrow. With the way the calendar is structured now, there are not so many friendly games so there are no real chances to experiment, although we had some friendlies in March which was unusual. I’ve always said I’ve got a really good squad, I enjoy the squad.”