Nations League: Scotland boss Steve Clark on alert over Republic of Ireland reaction | Football News Sky News

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Steve Clarke hopes the Republic of Ireland will see a visit to Scotland as a boost to the Nations League bid out bid.

Scotts beat Armenia 2-0 in the Group B1 Open at Hampden Park on Wednesday night, while Stephen Kenny’s team lost their first two matches to Armenia 1-0 at home and against Ukraine at home.

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Scotland manager Steve Clarke says he expects a real challenge from the forming Republic of Ireland in their Nations League match in Dublin.

However, Clark is wary of an Irish setback at the Aviva Stadium, where 2,500 Tartan Army officers support visitors.

“I look forward to a tough challenge,” said Scottish boss Bose, who has confirmed that Rangers goalkeeper Robbie MacRory has been brought into the squad after goalkeeper Sander Clarke and defender Liam Cooper were left out of their respective weddings.

“Anyone who is going to play in Dublin can expect a tough game.

“Obviously their last two matches have been against them, but only for one goal.

“Before that, they had an eight-game streak that went undefeated. In those eight game streaks, there were Portugal and Belgium, so we expect a tough game.

“They started the group with high hopes. They have not won in the two matches they have played so far.

“They will watch the home game against Scotland and look forward to getting a foothold in the group, so the games in September will make sense to them.

“It should be a good atmosphere, it should be a good game and Tartan hopes to be able to send the army home happily. ⁇

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Robbie MacRory called after David Marshall’s international retirement

Clarke admitted that he was a little surprised by David Marshall’s decision to end his international career when he trained with the squad, Uncaped MacArthur, who won their first call – up for the Nations League matches with Israel and the Czech Republic in 2020.

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The 37-year-old, who will play in hibernation next season following his departure from QPR, has confirmed he will leave Scotland after a 3-1 World Cup play-off semi-final defeat to Ukraine in Hampden. Substitute Park he did not use.

David Marshall has played 47 times for Scotland
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David Marshall has played 47 times for Scotland

Clark said: “It was a little surprising, of course, in the middle of camp.

“I had a good conversation with David and made his decision.

“We shook hands and I thanked him for everything he did for the national team and wished him well for the rest of his club career. ⁇

Clarke has made six changes to his tour of Armenia, but will be more conservative when announcing his squad for the match against the Republic of Ireland.

Former West Brom, Kilmarnock Bose said: “You have to react to different games, different situations, different results will change your mind a little bit.

Nathan Patterson is part of Steve Clark's 28 - man Scotland squad.
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Nathan Patterson competes in the League of Nations in Dublin

“The other day I was happy with the team and I thought they did well.

“There will be more rotations, but not until six. ⁇

Commenting on the changes to his team, Clark said: “I missed something, and I mentioned a return to wedding dates. Sander Clark and Liam Cooper left the team together. Get married.

“I called Robbie MacRory, who became another goalkeeper, and he’s good. ⁇

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