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I'd rather promote N Patterson to the squad than trying too hard to convince a player to play for us.

Fraser is clearly not interested. Why hasnt he kept himself fit, he knows these games are coming up. If he hadnt been such  dick and finished the season with Bournemouth that would have been half the

Good luck to the boys . Squad much as expected. Pleased Dykes has chosen us.  get him on and get him Capped.

Shankland being in is a surprise as he hasn't played any football this season. Maybe close to fitness. Only three centre halves and three left backs so looks like one of the LB will play somewhere else. Feel  abit sorry or Taylor as he needs two others to be injured before getting  a game in his favourite position.

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4 minutes ago, Super_Scotlandfan said:

Ryan Fraser not called up. Assume because he can’t have been training. 
 

He must be keeping his fitness up though...bit disappointing. He’d be in our best starting 11 we’d want to play in October. 

Looks like he's made a hard-headed choice over players that have been out a long time. He must be sure Shankland's fit though.

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13 minutes ago, Burj_Alba said:

Shankland being in is a surprise as he hasn't played any football this season. Maybe close to fitness. Only three centre halves and three left backs so looks like one of the LB will play somewhere else. Feel  abit sorry or Taylor as he needs two others to be injured before getting  a game in his favourite position.

Why not play Taylor at right back, he can't be much worse than the two obvious choices. Does have Teirney and McTominay that could play central defence so not as  bad  as it looks in that position.

No real surprises though

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5 minutes ago, SkyBlueScot said:

Looks like he's made a hard-headed choice over players that have been out a long time. He must be sure Shankland's fit though.

Yeah, you can't really argue with any of the exclusions. Griffiths, Fraser, Turnbull, Russell, Morgan, GMS, Gordon and Naismith all might have been selected in a previous squad, but you can see the logic in them missing out. 

Good to see Clarke is willing to make tough decisions and be ruthless when he needs to be. The likes of McCrorie and Shankland might not be ready for these games, but they could end up being major players in the future.

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3 minutes ago, Tartan blood said:

Yeah, you can't really argue with any of the exclusions. Griffiths, Fraser, Turnbull, Russell, Morgan, GMS, Gordon and Naismith all might have been selected in a previous squad, but you can see the logic in them missing out. 

Good to see Clarke is willing to make tough decisions and be ruthless when he needs to be. The likes of McCrorie and Shankland might not be ready for these games, but they could end up being major players in the future.

Forgot about Russell. Harsh to leave him out, he’s been on form for Kansas. 

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2 minutes ago, wanderer said:

Clarke confirms that Fraser asked to be left out as he is nowhere near match fit for these games

I think that’s fair enough but a very committed player would have found a club to train with to make sure he’s included. 

Harsh maybe. 

Part of his reasoning must be that he wants to sign for a club before he plays any games incase he gets injured. The same reason why he didn’t want to sign a short term deal for Bournemouth. 

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4 minutes ago, PASTA Mick said:

It will be a very interesting starting XI.

I'd be tempted with -

McLaughlin

Gallagher     McKenna     Tierney

Forrest     McTominay     McGregor     Robertson

McGinn

McBurnie     Dykes


quite like this if we gamble on a 3 at the back

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1 minute ago, Malcolm said:

Personally I would play Armstrong ahead of Forrest as a wing back

I can see the argument for it but I think Forrest gives us more width and has more recent game time than Armstrong.

Plus, he destroyed Israel last time we played at Hampden so it would make sense to start him.  

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Suspect will be along lines of,

 

.............................Marshall

Palmer or Tierney , Gallagher, Cooper, Roberston

.................McGregor......Mctominay

.............Chrsitie.....McGinn...Forrest

............................McBurney (with Dykes starting the Israel game)

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