18 Oct Scotland team in good spirits for European Qualifier vs Belgium, says Steve Clarke
Steve Clarke insists there are no problems in the Scotland camp, regardless of Charlie Mulgrew who followed their defeat to Russia and the contrasting opinions of Andy Robertson.
The Scots lost 2-1 at Hampden Park on Friday night, using captain Robertson stating he had”never seen anything similar to” it, accusing his team-mates of freezing after John McGinn netted the opener in their European Qualifier.
Centre-back Mulgrew hit back, stating the time of Russia equaliser gave the match a different complexion.
Speaking ahead of Monday’s clash with Belgium, live on Sky Sports,” Clarke explained:”There is definitely no problem inside the camp.
“I think you have so many seasoned gamers around afterward Charlie saying he disagreed with Andy, they’re all big boys and they’re able to talk it through.
“There are no issues. I think honesty tells you where everybody is and is fantastic, and they wish to do and they could for your nation.
“Some of the talk after the game about the nerves and also managing the game correctly isn’t quite perfect. It was the manner in rather than the facet that is nervous.
“We lost control of the game tactically because we allowed Russia to pencil us in closer into our own 18-yard box.
“I’m not so concerned about the mental aspect. We’re strong emotionally.”
Scotland’s hopes of qualification for Euro 2020 took a blow to Russia with the defeat, leaving Clarke’s side fourth .
“We are disappointed with the end result on Friday so we must attempt to make amends on Monday night,” Clarke added.
“All the players are very experienced in their level so they need to have the ability to take care of the expectation”
View Scotland vs Belgium from 7.45pm on Monday, live on Sky Sports Football.