Scotland midfielder Billy Gilmour tests positive for COVID-19, Steve Clarke has two alternatives

England's Raheem Sterling (left) and Scotland's Billy Gilmour
England's Raheem Sterling (left) and Scotland's Billy Gilmour/IMAGO

Scotland dealt Gilmour a blow after testing positive for COVID-19.

Scotland have been dealt a huge blow as their star midfielder Billy Gilmour has been tested positive for COVID-19 and will miss the crucial clash against Croatia in Euro 2020.

The Chelsea prodigy put on a terrific show against England, helping the Scots pick up a crucial draw.

However, Scots manager Steve Clarke is in dire straits as he will be without the services of the 20-year-old for the vital clash against Croatia.

But, Punters are saying that Clarke has readymade alternatives in Stuart Armstrong and John McGinn to cope up with the absence of Gilmour.

“Gilmour’s absence is a massive blow, but Stuart Armstrong did well when he came on at Wembley, so he could come in with John McGinn dropping back to play alongside Callum McGregor.”

 “The Gilmour situation is a nightmare for the lad, and I hope he’s okay, but Steve Clarke can put Scott McTominay back in midfield and play Liam Cooper or Declan Gallagher in the back three with Grant Hanley and Kieran Tierney. We’ll be fine.”

Perhaps, Clarke opted to use Manchester midfielder Scott McTominay as a centre-back against England, but he can return to his usual position against Croatia.

Aston Villa’s McGinn was also industrious against the Three Lions, and he can be a vital cog for the Scots in their final group game.

Stuart Armstrong added more spark when he came from the bench in the second half, and Clarke can include the Southampton star in his starting line-up.

The Scots hit rock bottom against the Czech Republic in their opening game but were solid against rivals England. Now their round of 16 hopes are hanging in the balance, and they would be desperate to scrape out a win on Tuesday.