The first internal cracks in Alex McLeish’s Scotland regime have emerged.
Last night’s 2-1 defeat from Israel brought a storm of criticism with most of it aimed at the manager.
Faced with the pleasant issue of having to decide between the two left-back’s in Britain McLeish has decided to deploy a system that doesn’t use a left-back.
Captain Andy Robertson has been pushed forward into a wing-back role while Keiran Tierney has been converted into a central defender.
Israel exposed Scotland’s weaknesses in the wide areas with both players barely recognisable from the club players working under progressive managers.
“Both of us are out of position,” Robertson told BBC Scotland.
“So it’s two positions we need to try and learn. We’ve played there before but we need to learn it in this system. Unfortunately, that will take time. Both of us want to play left-back and there isn’t that slot just now.
“The gaffer has looked at it and wants to get me and KT down the left. I’ve got to start a lot higher and I don’t have a winger to play with. From that point of view, it is a lot harder. I won’t speak for Kieran, but I wasn’t good enough.”
Last night’s result leaves all three teams on three points after two matches, on Sunday Israel host Albania looking to move into top spot with revenge for their 1-0 defeat to the Albanian’s.
Scotland host a friendly against Portugal at Hampden on Sunday with a crowd of 10,000 expected to attend.