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Coming into the latest round of Nations League fixtures, Scotland have only lost 2 of their last 12 games.

Albeit, arguably, the most important of which; a 3-1 loss to the side they face tonight in last June’s World Cup Play Off semi-final.

Ukraine ultimately lost out to Wales in the next round, meaning they too missed out on a place in Qatar.

Following the Play Off heartbreak was an embarrassing 3-0 loss to Republic of Ireland in the Nations League, which left fans questioning the direction of the side.

However, a win tonight would send Steve Clarke’s men top of group B1 and go some way to banishing the memories of previous disappointments and provide hope, at least, that the national team is back on the right track.

Here PLZ Soccer looks at three players that could make the difference at Hampden and send the Tartan Army home jubilant:

Craig Gordon

His former boss, Craig Levein, described Craig Gordon as ‘super man’ after his performance at Motherwell on Sunday as he somehow kept the home side out.

Despite his age-defying displays, that was the 39-year-old’s first clean sheet in the league this season.

The Hearts stopper will have to be at his agile best to keep out the dynamic front three of Mykalo Mudryk, Roman Yaremchuk and Andriy Yarmolenko.

Scottish fans will already be accustomed to the dangers the former poses, with 21-year-old Mudryk rifling home a devastating strike against Celtic in the Champions League earlier this month.

If Scotland are to have a chance of taking three points, it will be built on Gordon’s foundations.

 

Nathan Patterson

The former Rangers youngster has had to be patient for minutes on the park at Everton, however this season Frank Lampard has shown faith in the 20-year-old by making him a regular starter.

The right back has already begun to re-pay the faith shown in him and looks favourite to start on the right for Steve Clarke’s side.

If he does get the nod for his national team, Patterson will most likely be up against his club team-mate, Vitaliy Mykolenko.

The pair have shone at a struggling Everton side this season, with their creativity, industry and energy from both full back positions helping to propel the Toffee’s up the table.

 

Che Adams

It has been a criticism levelled a Scotland teams numerous times over the years that lack of an instinctive finisher has proven costly in the big moments.

An accusation supplemented by the fact that the top goal scorer in the current squad is central midfielder John McGinn with 13 goals from his 48 caps.

Adams emerged as a candidate for the Scotland national side in 2021 and has represented the country of his grand-parents birth with regularity since.

Whilst he should have support from either Ryan Christie of Bournemouth or Southampton’s Stuart Armstrong, Adams will be looked at as the focal point of the Scotland attack and will bear the weight of the Tartan Army’s expectation.