Clarke: I will tough it out
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.”