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A back four is not the answer, says former Scotland defender Mark Wilson.

When Andy Robertson returns from injury, Mark Wilson believes Steve Clarke will be forced to make a “tough decision.” The Scotland captain was absent from last night’s 3-0 Nations League victory over Ukraine at Hampden Park. Clarke’s team produced one of their best performances in years to earn an important win and move ahead of the Ukrainians at the top of the group. Clarke previously used a back five formation with two world-class players in Robertson and Kieran Tierney. Tierney has been deployed at left center-back, with Robertson at left wing back. In Liverpool star Robertson’s absence last night, Clarke reverted to a back four, which worked admirably as Scotland put in a fantastic performance. If Clarke sticks with a back four, former Scotland cap Wilson admits the former Kilmarnock manager faces a selection quandary. “It will be an interesting debate when Andy Robertson returns,” Wilson told Clyde SuperScoreboard, “but that’s what international football is about – serious competition.” However, if this is the case, the manager must make difficult decisions. Steve Clarke must have anticipated this day and attempted to change the shape to accommodate both Tierney and Robertson.” “I thought that was appropriate when you have two outstanding players, and it worked.” But now he’s seen something that worked and looked good.” One significant advantage of switching to a back four was that it allowed Scott McTominay to play in his natural midfield role. Wilson expects Manchester United’s star, 25, to continue in the center of the park against Ireland on Saturday. “He was fantastic,” Wilson added. “The shape change allowed players to fill positions that were more natural to them.” The midfield is a crucial position in international football. Normally, your best players are stacked in there, and if a guy at Manchester United plays like he did last night, you’d expect him to play there again on Saturday. Gordon Dalziel, another pundit, agreed with Wilson and suggested that Clarke learned a “lesson” against Ukraine. “That is McTominay’s natural position,” he explained. “I don’t see him returning to the center of defense.” Clarke learned a valuable lesson last night, in my opinion. He has to stick with him next to McGregor.”
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