Scotland boss Steve Clarke takes swipe at absent Ryan Fraser

Scotland boss Steve Clarke takes a swipe at Ryan Fraser as he says he has ‘a squad of players who want to be here’ after the Newcastle winger withdrew from the side only to train with his club 48 hours later

  • Ryan Fraser pulled out of the Scotland side ahead of their clash with Moldova
  • The Newcastle winger cited a calf injury but then trained with Newcastle
  • Steve Clarke was understood to be far from impressed at the situation 
  • He says he has a ‘squad of players’ who want to be with the camp 

Steve Clarke says the commitment of his Scotland players has put them on the brink of a World Cup play-off, in what was seen as a swipe at the absent Ryan Fraser.

The Newcastle winger withdrew from the squad on Sunday ahead of Friday’s game in Moldova, where a win will secure second place.

Fraser cited a calf injury when he pulled out, only to then train with his club side 48 hours later on what was Eddie Howe’s first day in charge.

Ryan Fraser pulled out of the Scotland squad with an injury but was in training 48 hours later

It is understood Clarke is far from impressed and, when asked about the situation, he said: ‘The best way to answer that one is to say I have a squad of players who want to be here. They’re all here so let’s talk about those boys.

‘We have built a really strong squad. I had to persuade Lyndon Dykes it was a bad idea to fly to Moldova. He’s not with us just now, he’s suspended.

‘But it shows you the level of commitment I have got from the boys in the squad. That’s what we’re building and I’d rather talk about those people.

Steve Clarke was understood to be far from impressed with the situation surrounding Fraser

A win for Scotland on Friday night would put them on the brink of a World Cup play-off spot 

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‘That commitment is massive for us. It’s why, when you need to score a late goal, that spirit and togetherness is there. That’s when it shines through.

‘You turn draws into wins because of the team spirit and the feeling among this group of players. That’s vitally important to us and what we’re trying to do.’

Clarke has been dealt a blow with the loss of Manchester United’s Scott McTominay to illness. He scored the stoppage-time winner against Israel last month to put the Scots in control of their own destiny.

A win on Friday night and they will be two matches from next year’s World Cup in Qatar.




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