Russia v Scotland: 'No free hits' says boss Steve Clarke

Scotland pair Oli McBurnie and John McGinn
Euro 2020 qualifying: Russia v Scotland
Venue: Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow Date: Thursday, 10 October Kick-off: 19:45 BST
Coverage: Listen on BBC Radio Scotland and follow live commentary on the BBC Sport Scotland website and app

Scotland manager Steve Clarke says there are "no free hits" as he vowed to push for 12 points from 12 in the four remaining Euro 2020 qualifying matches.

Clarke is building towards the play-offs in March, but will not use the group matches to experiment.

His side face Russia in Moscow on Thursday and will be without midfielder Kenny McLean, who withdrew from the squad on Wednesday though injury.

"We have to put on a good performance," said Clarke.

Scotland, who are fifth, trail second-placed Russia by nine points in Group I but are guaranteed a play-off place because they topped their Nations League group.

"Every match you go into you want to achieve the maximum, which is three points," he added.

"I want a good performance level in the next four matches. My belief is always that if your performance level is good enough, the points will follow."

McLean injury 'another blow'

McLean joins Norwich City team-mate Grant Hanley, Rangers midfielder Ryan Jack and Sheffield United forward Oli McBurnie in dropping out of the squad.

Manchester United's Scott McTominay will also miss the game through suspension, but will be available for Sunday's match with San Marino.

"It's always disappointing when you lose players from the squad and overnight we have lost Kenny McLean as well," Clarke said.

"It's another blow but a great chance for someone else. It's part and parcel of international football.

"It's always disappointing to lose a player so late in the week. When Kenny reported, he had a little niggle. It's not correct for me to say what it is, that's for his club to work out.

"We were all pretty confident that Kenny would make it but the last 24 hours it didn't get any better, it actually got a little bit worse. So we made the decision to allow Kenny to go back to Norwich."

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