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James McFadden told Sky Sports Football (01/09/21 at 10:05 pm) that he was left ‘surprised’ by Steve Clarke’s call to play Liverpool’s Andy Robertson out of position for Scotland on Wednesday ahead of Arsenal’s Kieran Tierney.

The 27-year-old had to play a right wing-back role for his country as they suffered a 2-0 defeat to Denmark in a World Cup qualifier.

The lowdown on Scotland’s THREE men hunting first caps

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It was a comfortable victory for the Euro 2020 semi-finalists, who burst into a 2-0 lead inside 15 minutes and should have won the game by a bigger margin.

Given that COVID and various other issues have affected this Scotland team, it has resulted in Clarke having to play a weakened side and players out of position.

With no bonafide right-back in the side, McFadden thought Tierney would slot into that role because he has played there for his country before, but it wasn’t meant to be.

“We were all surprised because Kieran Tierney has played as a right-back,” said McFadden. “We haven’t seen him as a right wing-back and maybe Steve Clarke is just trying to catch out Denmark by playing Andy Robertson there.

“The one thing is for sure that there is a reason why he went with Andy Robertson.

“But I think they looked so much better when Ryan Fraser went out to the wing-back area because he can do both. He can go forward and defend.

“It was interesting to hear Andy Robertson say that he sacrificed himself for the team and I get what he meant by that. But when you say sacrificed you almost think, ‘you are not going to get as forward as much and not play your normal game’.”

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The Dane’s clearly targetted Tierney down that left-hand side because they continually played cross-field balls towards his area.

Tierney was then caught underneath one ball from Pierre Emile-Hojbjerg which allowed Daniel Wass to jump above the left-footer and head home.

Minutes later, Denmark were bursting down that right-hand side again before Joakim Maehle’s flick and Mikkel Damsgaard’s quick-thinking reverse pass fooled the Scotland defence and resulted in Maehle slotting home.

It was a difficult evening for the Scots, but one that they and their captain will learn from, no doubt given the issues they had to face before the game.

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