Ryan Fredericks can answer Scotland's problem if he makes big decision

Stephen O'Donnell of Scotland looks on as Yuri Zhirkov of Russia celebrates scoring his team's second goal during the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifier between Scotland and Russia at Hampden Park...

West Ham United's Ryan Fredericks could become a starter with Scotland.

Ryan Fredericks of West Ham United  during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Norwich City at London Stadium on August 31, 2019 in London, United Kingdom.

Scotland's EURO 2020 hopes are hanging by a thread after a 4-0 thrashing at the hands of Belgium on Monday night.

Just days after losing 2-1 to Russia, Scotland suffered another Hampden Park defeat as Romelu Lukaku, Thomas Vermaelen, Toby Aldeweireld and Kevin De Bruyne all scored.

Steve Clarke's men have real problems to fix if they're to reach EURO 2020 now, and one of those is at right back. Stephen O'Donnell struggled in both games over the international break, but Clarke has few options at his disposal to replace him, with Scotland struggling for a top right back.

 

On the left, they have an embarrassment of riches with Andrew Robertson, Kieran Tierney, Greg Taylor and Barry Douglas, but finding a right back has been a problem.

Over the summer, the Daily Mail reported that Clarke was trying to tempt West Ham's Ryan Fredericks into switching nationality, as he is eligible for Scotland through his grandfather.

The 26-year-old has yet to commit to Scotland, but he can now be the answer to Clarke's problems by making a big decision and giving up on hope of an England call-up.

England have Trent Alexander-Arnold, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Kieran Trippier and Kyle Walker, whilst Max Aarons and Reece James are coming through too; simply put, Fredericks is unlikely to get anywhere near Gareth Southgate's side.

Stephen O'Donnell of Scotland looks on as Yuri Zhirkov of Russia celebrates scoring his team's second goal during the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifier between Scotland and Russia at Hampden Park...

Having the opportunity to play international football should now be appealing to the speedy right back, and Clarke will be desperate to have him on board.

O'Donnell doesn't particularly offer much going forward, whereas teams would certainly fear the threat of Robertson and Fredericks coming towards them down the flanks, possessing pace and end product.

It would be a big call to give up on England, but Scotland seem to really want him – and with the England door almost closed, Fredericks can become a Scotland saviour by committing his future to them and solving Clarke's long-standing right back issue.

Ryan Fredericks of West Ham United takes a throw-in during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Manchester City at London Stadium on August 10, 2019 in London, United...

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