Clarke coy on Gilmour decision before Scotland face ‘difficult’ Switzerland

The manager is urging his side to start fast against the ‘serial qualifiers’ in a match the Scots cannot afford to lose

If it was hardly difficult to pick holes in Scotland’s approach against Germany, one selection issue has dominated discussion. Steve Clarke’s decision to leave Billy Gilmour among his substitutes at the outset of the 5-1 rout against the Euro 2024 hosts turned heads. As Scotland failed to impose themselves in midfield, the Gilmour question grew louder and louder.

“It is impossible to answer,” Clarke said when asked whether not picking Gilmour from the start felt like an error. “In a 5-1 game where we were never in the game, is one player going to make that amount of difference?

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