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Tierney: We just need to bag goals


Kieran Tierney

Kieran Tierney

Kieran Tierney

Scotland face Israel tomorrow knowing that they need to find a clinical edge to get the win they might need to top their Nations League group.

A five-match winning streak came to an end with a 1-0 defeat in Slovakia on Sunday but Scotland could have won comfortably if they had taken even a reasonably modest portion of their chances.

Marek Rodak, Fulham's second-choice goalkeeper, pulled off stunning stops from Kenny McLean and Leigh Griffiths, who both had other more difficult chances.

Stuart Armstrong, Liam Palmer and Ryan Christie also had opportunities and Oli McBurnie passed up three good openings to net his first international goal.

Before the match, manager Steve Clarke had dismissed suggestions he might have concerns over their goalscoring record, which now stands at six goals in seven matches this season.

He is still unlikely to be concerned about it given the plethora of chances his players created in Trnava and he will have Lyndon Dykes available after suspension in Netanya.

Scotland are likely to need three points to clinch Group B2 given that Czech Republic, who are one point adrift, host bottom team Slovakia having already beaten their neighbours 3-1 on the road.

And defender Kieran Tierney believes being more clinical could be the key to their success.

"We know how good Israel can be, we know it's going to be a tough game," the Arsenal defender said. "We are going to give it our best shot. If we play like Sunday then hopefully we can do that, just add goals to our game. You win or learn and we will learn a lot from Sunday and hopefully be more clinical if we get chances.

"To come away with nothing was quite harsh on us. I thought we did well, we created chances. You can't really fault us in any way except the lack of goals.

"We can't dwell on it too long because we have another big game."