Steve Clarke calls for a suspension amnesty prior to the World Cup play-offs for Qatar 2022 – with EIGHT of his Scotland players on a booking ahead of crucial Denmark clash in qualifying
- Scotland have eight players a booking away from missing their next fixture
- Somewhat harshly, that suspension rule would carry over into March’s play-offs
- The Scots face Denmark on Monday knowing a win would seal a home semi-final
- But the likes of Andy Robertson and John McGinn will be walking a tightrope
Scotland boss Steve Clarke would welcome an amnesty of yellow cards and suspensions heading into the play-offs for Qatar 2022.
His squad has eight players who are a booking away from missing the next fixture and, as it stands, that would carry over into March’s play-offs.
He said: ‘If all the teams that are involved in the play-offs could have a little head-to-head and decide.
Scotland manager Steve Clarke (pictured) has admitted he is hoping for a suspension amnesty
Eight Scotland players are walking a disciplinary tightrope against Denmark on Monday night
‘But they would have to do it very quickly, it would have to be done before the draw (a week on Friday).
‘If it happened it would be good for all the countries involved.’
Scotland host Group F winners Denmark tonight knowing a win would seal a seeded home draw for the play-off semi-final.
Clarke does not want to rest the likes of Andy Robertson, John McGinn, Che Adams and Billy Gilmour, who are all walking that suspension tightrope.
‘It’s almost impossible to manage because you have so many,’ he said.
Clarke therefore has to decide between putting out a strong side capable of getting a result, and protecting the numerous players at risk of a suspension.
Key players like John McGinn (left) and Andy Robertson (right) are a booking away from a ban