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

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…

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