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5 things learned from Scotland vs Czech Republic

By Tom Canton

Published: June 14, 2021 3:52 pm

Last Updated: June 14, 2021 3:53 pm

1. Tierney a big miss

With the news that Kieran Tierney would be unavailable for the match, Steve Clarke’s masterplan took a major hit.

Leeds United’s Liam Cooper was tasked with slotting into the left-centre back position which Tierney has made his own under Clarke.

Simply, Cooper is far less attack minded than Tierney and even though the Arsenal man is technically playing in a centre-back role, he still has licence to advance and support the talismanic Andrew Robertson.

The defensive solidity which Cooper brings may be better than that of Tierney, but few are highlighting the bright side of the former Celtic man’s absence.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – SEPTEMBER 07: Kieran Tierney of Scotland during the International Friendly match between Scotland and Belgium on September 7, 2018 in Glasgow, United Kingdom. (Photo by Matthew Ashton – AMA/Getty Images)

2. Hampden Park Scotland’s 12th man

Whilst the absence of Kieran Tierney is a big blow for Scotland, arguably without the noise of their 12th man, Hampden Park, they could have been even worse off.

Scotland will travel to play England at Wembley on Friday and whilst there is likely to still be a sizeable supporting crowd in the ground, the atmosphere backing Steve Clarke’s side will be multiple times less.

The atmosphere in the ground was palpable to see Scotland’s return to a major international tournament. Any opposition, like the Czech Republic did, need to score the first goal to quieten down the crowd.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – JUNE 07: A general view during the Scotland training session at Hampden Park on June 7, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

3. The Czech aerial threat

With the presence of a number of aerial threats in the team it was unsurprising to see Patrick Schick open the scoring for the Czech Republic.

Crosses and set pieces were always going to be the main weapon Tomas…

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