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On 10/1/2021 at 11:10 AM, joewarkfanclub said:

I dont see Zander Clark every week so impossible to say. But by the same token, the elected member doesnt see Liam Kelly every week. He would have a point if he simply directed his fire at McLaughlin as he isnt playing every week for Rangers. But to say Clark isnt getting selected for Scotland because he plays for a provincial club is laughable given who Kelly plays for.  Overall though its just a pish story from The Sun to fill pages by trawling Twitter to find anything remotely contraversial.

Honestly I'd pick Clark over Kelly right now.

He's won trophies, he's more experienced in general but crucially he has more big game experience.

It'll be interesting to see what happens with McLaughlin at Rangers cos he has a much better record in goal this season than McGregor but generally I don't think you should be selected for internationals if you aren't playing club football.  Maybe goalkeeper is slightly different from outfield positions but overall I'm not keen.  

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20 hours ago, Kat said:

Patterson has been rancid to say the least. 

Imagine if O'Donnell had performed defensively the way Patterson did? The knives would be out.

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Given his record, I'm  always happy to give Clarke the benefit of the doubt with his formations and tactics - even when it comes to O'Donnell vs Patterson.

Playing McTominay in back 3, however, is a head-scratcher. He's tried a few times to squeeze him in there and apart from 1 game, he's always been the weak link - even more in a 3 vs a 4.

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6 hours ago, KirkySuperSub said:

If that's the case, then his International career is over, if he can't be picked to play in front of his home crowd.

Was at my first Scotland match for years yesterday and disappointed that SOD was not selected. What pleased me though was that not one fan around me had a bad word for him. Those fans represented a wide range of clubs, although Rangers were not one of them. Their comments seemed to echo the reception he got at Wembley. 
To a man they questioned Patterson being selected ahead of him. That view was backed up by Patterson’s first half defending and his mistake which led to the first goal. Everybody was tearing into Patterson and McTominay at half time and expecting SOD to be brought on. 

In fairness to both those players they improved dramatically in the second half, and justified Clarke’s persistence. That said, Patterson frequently reminded us that he has a lot to learn defensively. In an attacking sense he was excellent second half. He is young though and likely will improve  his defensive qualities. He may well be the future. 

In short, I don’t think many fans who actually attend Scotland matches have an issue with SOD. That seems to be more of a media thing, who no doubt have their own Rangers focused agenda. And a few Motherwell fans who resented  his signing and will not be content until he moves on. Hopefully the player pays more attention to the fans and Managers, both Club and Country, who recognise his value rather than those with an axe to grind. 

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Given how many players we have 1 booking away from a suspension (including O'Donnell) Clarke might be trying to make sure he has players available for the Moldova game too.

You only need to yellows to miss a game in these groups.

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Will be interesting to see if O'Donnell starts in Moldova. He is a better defender than Patterson and we certainly don't want to find ourselves chasing the game there. The bigger issue might be who replaces the suspended Dykes.  Also not convinced we know our best central defender combination.

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