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How we expect Scotland to line up against Ukraine tonight

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cotland will be without Nathan Patterson for tonight’s crucial World Cup play-off semi-final tie against Ukraine in Glasgow.

Steve Clarke confirmed ahead of the huge showdown at Hampden Park that the Everton defender has failed to recover from an ankle operation performed two months ago.

The Scots boss said on Tuesday: “Everyone except Nathan [is fit]. Nathan has run out of time a little bit for the first game. So Nathan won’t be involved in the first game but everyone else is good to go.”

Arsenal’s Kieran Tierney was not called up for the internationals while coming back from a knee injury, with Ryan Jack and Kenny McLean also out. Rangers midfielder Jack was replaced by Allan Campbell earlier in the week due to a calf problem.

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In the absence of Tierney, it remains to be seen who Scotland boss Clarke will opt for on the left-side of his defence, behind Andrew Robertson.

Grant Hanley, Liam Cooper, Jack Hendry and John Souttar are all competing to form the defence while Aaron Hickey would be a more like-for-like, if inexperienced, replacement for Tierney.

Scott McTominay will be out to beat Billy Gilmour to a spot in midfield with Ryan Christie and Stuart Armstrong competing to complete the frontline.

Predicted Scotland XI: Gordon; Hendry, Hanley, Cooper; O’Donnell, McTominay, McGregor, Robertson; McGinn, Armstrong; Adams.

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