Scotland midfielder Billy Gilmour being sidelined with Covid-19 will not assist underperforming Croatia of their crunch Euro 2020 Group D match on Tuesday, coach Zlatko Dalic mentioned.
The 20-year-old Gilmour, who stood out in Friday’s 0-0 draw with England at Wembley in his first begin for Scotland, will self-isolate for 10 days according to well being protocols however Dalic mentioned Scotland had loads of depth of their squad.
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“Gilmour played really well against England but up to that game he was never a first-choice option and he may not have even started against us,” Dalic informed a information convention on Monday.
“I don’t see his absence as our advantage because whoever replaces him will be a more experienced player. Having said that, I wish Gilmour a speedy recovery.”
The Croatians and the Scots each have one level after two video games and solely a win will do for both facet to maintain alive any hopes of advancing to the final 16.
England and the Czech Republic, who meet within the group’s different match on Tuesday at Wembley, have 4 factors apiece and a attract that recreation would see each groups clinch computerized berths within the knockout stage.
Croatia, the 2018 World Cup runners-up, had been nicely beneath par of their 1-0 defeat by England adopted by a 1-1 draw with the Czechs and Dalic conceded they confronted a tricky problem towards the Scots at Hampden Park.
“This is our last chance to qualify for the knockout stages and we have to do everything in our power to make it happen, he said. “Scotland have proven their high quality towards England however now we have to go out to the pitch as favourites.
“We need to be patient and not throw caution to the wind and it doesn’t matter how late we leave it as long as we win.”
Winger Ivan Perisic, one of many few regulars assured of beginning towards the Scots after drilling in an outstanding equaliser towards the Czechs, was assured.
“We haven’t looked the part in the opening two games but we have to forget that now so we can come together and once again produce our best football under intense pressure,” he mentioned.
“The good thing is that Scotland too have to go for a win and I am optimistic that we have it in us to come out on top.”