Russia v Scotland: ‘No free hits’ says boss Steve Clarke
|Euro 2020 qualifying: Russia v Scotland|
|Venue: Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow Date: Thursday, 10 October Kick-off: 19:45 BST|
|Coverage: Listen on BBC Radio Scotland and follow live commentary on the BBC Sport Scotland website and app|
Scotland manager Steve Clarke said there are "no free hits" as he vowed to push for 12 points from 12 in the four remaining Euro 2020 qualifying matches.
Clarke is building towards the Nations League play-offs in March, but will not use the group matches to experiment.
But Clarke will have to do without midfielder Kenny McLean against Russia, who has withdrawn from the squad on the eve of the game through injury.
"We have to put on a good performance," said Clarke.
Scotland are in Moscow to face second-placed Russia, who they trail by nine points in Group I, with the hosts also 22 goals better off.
"Every match you go into you want to achieve the maximum, which is three points," said the Scotland boss.
"I want a good performance level, I want a good performance level in the next four matches. My belief is always that if your performance level is good enough, the points will follow."
McLean injury 'another blow'
McLean joins Norwich City team-mate Grant Hanley, Rangers midfielder Ryan Jack and Sheffield United forward Oli McBurnie in dropping out of the squad.
Manchester United's Scott McTominay will also miss the game through suspension, but will be available for Sunday's match with San Marino.
"It's always disappointing when you lose players from the squad and overnight we have lost Kenny McLean as well," Clarke said.
"It's another blow but a great chance for someone else. It's part and parcel of international football.
"It's always disappointing to lose a player so late in the week. When Kenny reported, he had a little niggle. It's not correct for me to say what it is, that's for his club to work out.
"We were all pretty confident that Kenny would make it but the last 24 hours it didn't get any better, it actually got a little bit worse. So we made the decision to allow Kenny to go back to Norwich."