Armstrong in for Scotland as Croatia ring the changes


FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - International Friendly - Netherlands v Scotland - Estadio Algarve, Faro, Portugal - June 2, 2021 Scotland's Stuart Armstrong reacts REUTERS/Pedro Nunes

GLASGOW (Reuters) - Scotland boss Steve Clarke made one change to his side to face Croatia in Euro 2020 on Tuesday with Stuart Armstrong drafted in to the midfield to replace Billy Gilmour, who tested positive for COVID-19.

Armstrong will come straight into the midfield, which means Scott McTominay will continue in a back three.

Gilmour had been man of the match in Scotland's last outing, a goalless draw against England at Wembley, but was ruled out of their decisive Group D encounter which both teams need to win to reach the last 16.

Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic made four changes to his starting lineup, with right back Josip Juranovic coming in for Sime Vrsaljko while attacking midfielder Nikola Vlasic and striker Bruno Petkovic get their first starts of the tournament.

Defensive midfielder Marcelo Brozovic returns to the starting team after coming on as a late substitute against the Czech Republic.

Croatia: Dominik Livakovic; Josip Juranovic, Dejan Lovren, Domagoj Vida, Josko Gvardiol; Ivan Perisic, Mateo Kovacic, Luka Modric (captain), Marcelo Brozovic, Nikola Vlasic; Bruno Petkovic

Scotland: David Marshall; Andy Robertson (captain), Stephen O'Donnell, Grant Hanly, Kieran Tierney; Scott McTominay, John McGinn, Callum McGregor, Stuart Armstrong ; Lyndon Dykes, Che Adams

(Reporting Toby Davis; Editing by Andrew Cawthorne and Hugh Lawson)

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