Charlie Adam slams Scotland for lack of quality and leadership after hammering by Russia


Charlie Adam gave a damning assessment of the Scotland squad following their 4-0 hammering by Russia on Thursday night, noting a severe lack of quality and leadership.

The Scots’ slim hopes of automatic qualification for next summer’s Euros ended in Moscow – and manager Steve Clarke described the defeat as ‘the lowest of the low’.

His side conceded four goals in 27 second-half minutes, which means they’ve now let in 14 goals in Clarke’s five games in charge.

Scotland were embarrassed by Russia on Thursday evening


Scotland were embarrassed by Russia on Thursday evening

Adam told talkSPORT: “It’ll be interesting to see where he [Clarke] finds the players, because at the moment it’s difficult to see where you’ll find players at the level to play international football.

“Who’s leading the group on the pitch? I don’t see the leaders in the group at the moment.

“Steve’s got a tough job on his hands, because I don’t think enough of those players are at the level to play international football.”

Meanwhile, Ally McCoist compared the situation to the current turmoil at Manchester United.

“We’ve got one or two good players defensively,” he added. “[John] McGinn’s a good player, [Andy] Robertson’s a good player, [Kieran] Tierney’s a good player.

“[Scott] McTominay’s still got a lot of work to do. Let’s not get carried away just because he’s playing for Manchester United… do you remember where Manchester United are?


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“That’ll be a good game actually, Scotland vs Manchester United. Can we organise Scotland vs Manchester United?”

Clarke’s side have not won since his debut as manager back in June, when Scotland beat Cyprus at Hampden Park.

The following four matches – two each against Belgium and Russia – have all ended in defeat, and Clarke will hope to get back to winning ways on Sunday when Scotland host European minnows San Marino – who head into the match on the back of a 9-0 thumping by Belgium.

Scotland can still qualify for the Euros via the play-offs, having won their Nations League group last year.

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