Scotland boss Steve Clarke expects Northern Ireland to see the clash as a bid to rescue their Nations League campaign. Scotland won their opener 2-0 against Armenia while the Irish have narrowly lost both their opening games 1-0 against Armenia and Ukraine. Clarke is expecting a reaction from their opponents while confirming that Robby McCrorie has been brought in after Zander Clark and Liam Cooper have not been included for their respective weddings.

“I expect a tough challenge. Anyone going to Dublin to play can expect a tough game. Obviously, their last two games have gone against them but only by one goal,” Scotland boss Steve Clarke said. “Previous to that, an eight-game run where they went unbeaten and within that eight-game run was Portugal and Belgium so we expect a tough game. They probably started the group with high expectations. It hasn’t worked out for them in the two games so far. They will be looking at the home game against Scotland and hoping to get a foothold in the group to make the games in September meaningful for them. It should be a good atmosphere, it should be a good game and hopefully, we can send the Tartan Army home happy.”

“It was a little bit of a surprise, certainly the timing, in the middle of the camp. I had a good chat with David and his mind was made up,” he added. “We shook hands, I thanked him for everything he had done for the national team and wished him well for the rest of his club career. You have to react to different games, and different situations and different results can change your mind a little bit. I was pleased with the team the other night, I thought they did well. There will be some more rotations but maybe not as many as six.”

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