Clarke: I will tough it out

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - SPORT -

Scotland man­ager Steve Clarke be­lieves the job of restor­ing re­spectabil­ity to the na­tional team is go­ing to be far tougher than he an­tic­i­pated.

His side has con­ceded 14 goals in his five games in charge with Thurs­day’s 4-0 maul­ing by Rus­sia the sec­ond game in a row where the Scots have been breached so many times.

Clarke knows there will be no quick fix as he pre­pares his side to face San Marino at Hampden to­mor­row.

He said: “It’s turn­ing into some­thing that is a lot harder than I thought it was go­ing to be but I’ll tough it out.

“I’ll need to look at fresh­en­ing it up as at the mo­ment this cur­rent group can’t get the re­sult or the pos­i­tiv­ity we need to give.

“We need to dust our­selves down, get a re­sult against San Marino and then get our­selves ready for two mas­sive games in Novem­ber.

“At the mo­ment we are men­tally frag­ile and as soon as we con­cede the first goal we strug­gle. We can take some­thing from the first half but you can’t take pos­i­tives from a 4-0 de­feat.

“I said that after the Belgium game and if you keep con­ced­ing goals you are go­ing to lose. It was an in­ex­pe­ri­enced side. John Fleck and Mikey Devlin won their first caps. They didn’t let any­one down.”

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