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Steve Clarke drops Scotland striker hint after Gibraltar win as he names star 'at front of mind'

Steve Clarke admits Tommy Conway is at the "front of his mind" after Lyndon Dykes was ruled out of Scotland's Euro 2024 tournament.

The Tartan troops managed a 2-0 friendly win over Gibraltar in Faro this evening to continue their competition preparation but they did so without Dykes who was stretchered out of training over the weekend. Lawrence Shankland led the line and Che Adams came off the bench to add to Ryan Christie's opener but there could still be room for one more hitman to take to Germany.

Conway had a strong season for Bristol City and netted for the 21s against Turkey this evening. And when asked by BBC Sportsound about Clarke's thoughts on the 21-year-old striker, he was honest. "Tommy's done great and he's certainly one who's at the front of my mind," the head coach said.

It was a rather uninspiring win over Gibraltar tonight but Clarke admits he saw it as a training exercise.

"I learned the grass was really sticky!" he said. "The boys were saying it was a different surface. Obviously we train a lot on short grass, watered, the ball wasn't running quite smooth, it certainly wasn't a night for dribblers.

"What we learned is we can create chances and what we have to do a little better is show a bit more composure on the final finish. There comes a little bit you have to work on that in training, you have to work on their confidence in terms of finishing, just that little extra belief. Like when it comes to Che Adams, one chance, bang, goal. That's the kind of quality you have to show at this level and hopefully we can show it on Friday against Finland and then into the tournament.

"If you look at the chances in the first-half it could've been two or three. Some of them were a goal chance. It was just to stay patient, we knew the goals would come and they did. Two-nil, clean sheet, let's use it as a training exercise, which it was."

Liam Cooper was subbed off after the restart despite only coming on as a sub at the break and Clarke explained the injury.

He also revealed why Ben Doak was not on the bench.

"Liam's okay, we think it's just a knee to knee contact on the pitch. Obviously it's straight after the game so we don't know but we'll see how he is in the morning and fingers crossed he's okay. He's a tough man, Liam.

"Everyone else is shaping up okay. Ben Doak we took off the bench tonight, I know I spoke a bit about maybe giving Ben minutes but he just had a little bit of reaction to the two training days so we decided to be ultra-cautious and take him out the firing line.

"I'd hope so (he'll be okay by Friday)."