Scotland captain Andy Robertson and striker Lyndon Dykes return for Tuesday’s friendly against Austria

March 29th, 2022

Scotland captain Andy Robertson and striker Lyndon Dykes return for Tuesday’s friendly against Austria.

Liverpool full-back Robertson is back after Covid, while QPR’s Dykes is available following a hamstring injury.

Head coach Steve Clarke has a full squad to choose from as he prepares to “rotate a little bit more” for the match in Vienna.

Austria manager Franco Foda has announced he will stand down after the game.

Austria lost out to Wales in Thursday’s World Cup semi-final play-off and finished fourth in the same qualifying group as Scotland.

“It was still rumoured that I might have had the option of extending my contract,” said Foda. “But that didn’t matter to me anymore, because I took responsibility.

“It was a great honour for me to coach and work with this team. It was four and a half great years. My successor can look forward to a team with impeccable character, that is good and has a lot of potential for development.”

On their way to finishing second in Group F, Scotland drew 2-2 with Austria at Hampden and beat the second seeds 1-0 in Vienna thanks to a penalty from Dykes.

Having fielded a familiar side for Thursday’s 1-1 draw at home to Poland, Clarke is promising changes.

He said: “Looking at the bigger picture, in terms of fairness to the players in the squad more than anything, this is a game where I’ll probably rotate a little bit more than I would for the second game in an international break.”

Greg Taylor deputised for Robertson against Poland, while teenager Aaron Hickey made his debut as a second-half replacement for Taylor.

Midfielders Ryan Jack and Kenny McLean, who missed the delayed Euro 2020 finals through injury, were also substitutes last week and may start.

Striker Ross Stewart and defender Craig Halkett are waiting for their first caps, along with goalkeepers Zander Clark and Liam Kelly.

“It is somewhere where we have been before,” added Clarke. “We know we can go there and perform.

“The Austrians obviously had a big disappointment against Wales. Looking at it, how I would be as a player or manager or coach, I would be looking at the next game to try to get the previous game out of the system. So I expect a really competitive game.

“They will want to win to get back on an even keel. Obviously, it is a game where the manager has announced it will be his last game. So they will want to get on the pitch and do the best for their country, same as our boys.”

David Alaba, Xaver Schlager, Louis Schaub and Nicolas Seiwald are missing for the hosts, while Austria striker Marko Arnautovic said the players want to give Foda “a perfect farewell game”.


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