The new Tartan Army manager spoke to the media this afternoon after being confirmed as boss yesterday.
Clarke’s appointment has been met with widespread positivity in the country, with his work at Kilmarnock making him the outstanding available candidate.Embed from Getty Images
He spoke this afternoon about how he believes Scotland can qualify from their Euro 2020 qualification group and how he plans on doing that.
He also revealed who is likely to make up his backroom staff.
But Clarke also interestingly left the door open to several former Scotland stars who were unavailable to Alex McLeish.Embed from Getty Images
Allan McGregor and James McArthur are the most recent players to retire, while Matt Ritchie and Robert Snodgrass simply made themselves unavailable to the previous manager.
Clarke insists he won’t chase anyone down, but has told them that they can contact him or the SFA if they want to be reconsidered for selection.
The Scotland manager said: “The door is open to everyone at this moment in time.
“If players have retired, then they have to unretire themselves. I won’t chasing down players who have retired.Embed from Getty Images
“If a player has retired from international football then I respect that decision and if they want to come back to the fold they have to get in touch with myself or the SFA and say that they want to make themselves available.
“The ones who have maybe withdrawn from squads too easily, it’s down to me to have that conversation with them to sell my vision of what we’re going to do as a national team and how we’re going to approach this tournament.
“And, hopefully, we can get as many good players on board as possible.”
It hasn’t been hinted that any of those players would be interested in making themselves available to Clarke, but there’s no doubt the Scotland squad would be stronger with them involved.
Scotland fans – do you want any of McGregor, McArthur, Ritchie or Snodgrass back in the fold?