Russia vs Scotland commentary: Full coverage of European Championship qualifier in Moscow


Steve Clarke’s Scotland face a tricky trip to Moscow tonight for their European Championship qualifier against Russia.

The Scots trail their hosts by nine points in Group I and know they need to start picking up wins if they are to have any chance of reaching next summer’s tournament.

Steve Clarke’s Scotland face Russia tonight

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Steve Clarke’s Scotland face Russia tonight

Clarke’s men, who suffered home defeats to Russia and Belgium in last international break, face minnows San Marino on Sunday and will be looking for at least four points from the two games.

Tonight’s match is being held at the impressive Luzhniki Stadium, the venue which held the World Cup final last summer.

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Russia vs Scotland: How to listen

This Group I tie will take place on Thursday, October 10 and will kick off at 7:45pm.

Full commentary from Moscow will be live on talkSPORT 2 and our coverage will start at 6pm.

To tune in, just click here for the live stream or click the radio player below.

Russia vs Scotland: What has been said?

Hearts and Scotland striker Steven Naismith: “It’s a tricky game.

“The game at home, Russia weren’t rushed into anything, they weren’t panicked. We got the perfect start but they didn’t change anything.

“We need to start by defending well before trying to use our dangerous men on the other side on the pitch.”

Scotland goalkeeper David Marshall: “Hopefully we can get a settled squad and build over the next four games for the play-offs in March.

“The next four games results wise and performance wise are very important.

“We were as disappointed as anyone last month with the results and performances and we are looking to put that right. And obviously good results and performances breed confidence.”

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Russia vs Scotland: Team news

Scotland have lost Kenny McLean for the clash as the midfielder has returned to Norwich after failing to overcome a minor injury problem.

Clarke, who lost McLean’s Norwich team-mate Grant Hanley and Rangers midfielder Ryan Jack at the weekend, said: “It’s always disappointing when you lose players from the squad and overnight we have lost Kenny McLean as well.

“It’s another blow but a great chance for someone else. It’s part and parcel of international football.”

Clarke, who is also missing Scott McTominay through suspension, added: “It’s always disappointing to lose a player so late in the week.”

Scotland will be without Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay


Scotland will be without Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay

Scotland squad

Goalkeepers: Craig MacGillivray (Portsmouth), David Marshall (Wigan Athletic), Jon McLaughlin (Sunderland).

Defenders: Michael Devlin (Aberdeen), Stuart Findlay (Kilmarnock), Declan Gallagher (Motherwell), Charlie Mulgrew (Wigan Athletic), Stephen O’Donnell (Kilmarnock), Liam Palmer (Sheffield Wednesday), Andrew Robertson (Liverpool), Greg Taylor (Celtic).

Midfielders: Ryan Christie (Celtic), John Fleck (Sheffield United), John McGinn (Aston Villa), Callum McGregor (Celtic), Robert Snodgrass (West Ham United), Stuart Armstrong (Southampton).

Forwards: Oliver Burke (Alaves), James Forrest (Celtic), Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth), Johnny Russell (Sporting Kansas City), Lawrence Shankland (Dundee United).

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