Kieran Tierney Stuart Armstrong Jack Hendry Steve Clarke Football Ukraine Scotland Poland Ireland Kieran Tierney Stuart Armstrong Jack Hendry Steve Clarke Football Ukraine Scotland Poland Ireland

Clarke facing calls on key Scotland trio for crunch Republic of Ireland clash

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Steve Clarke has admitted he faces a balancing act between managing game time for key players such as Kieran Tierney and guiding Scotland through a crucial match against the Republic of Ireland.

Should Scotland claim at least a point at Hampden Park on Saturday, it is likely that a draw against Ukraine in Poland on Tuesday would seal top spot in group B1 of the Nations League.

Playing three games inside a week – Scotland beat Ukraine in Glasgow on Wednesday – raises selection issues for Clarke. Tierney missed the latter stages of last season for club and country through injury.

Jack Hendry, who started at centre-back in midweek, has played only seven minutes for his club in this campaign. Stuart Armstrong has generally been a substitute at Southampton. “We’ve got decisions to make on a few,” Clarke said. “Kieran on minutes on the pitch, Jack on minutes on the pitch, Stuart on minutes on the pitch.

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