Steve Clarke insists he had no qualms throwing Greg Taylor in for his Scotland debut within the 3-Zero defeat by Belgium on the King Baudouin Stadium on Tuesday evening.

The 21-year-old Kilmarnock left-back got here in to switch injured skipper Andy Robertson for the hardest of powerful European Championship qualifiers in Brussels.

Taylor helped the well-organised and diligent guests maintain out in opposition to the star-studded Purple Devils till simply earlier than the break when striker Romelu Lukaku headed in a cross from skipper Eden Hazard.

The Manchester United striker grabbed a second within the 57th minute with a strike from shut vary and Manchester Metropolis attacker Kevin De Bruyne added a 3rd within the remaining minute with a low drive for what turned out to be a cushty Group I win for Roberto Martinez’s aspect, ranked primary on the planet.

Scotland manager Steve Clarke
Scotland supervisor Steve Clarke was happy with Greg Taylor’s efficiency (Bradley Collyer/PA)

Clarke, who was Taylor’s boss at Killie, was happy with Taylor’s efficiency.

“He didn’t shock me,” stated the Scotland boss.

“I labored with Greg for 18 months and I knew he was prepared.

“I assumed his efficiency was wonderful from begin to end.

“It was an enormous ask for him however I do know his temperament, I do know his character.

“He confirmed everybody that he was deserving of his begin that he received.”

Former West Brom boss Clarke labored with Lukaku at The Hawthorns, however there have been no favours given from the highly effective Previous Trafford striker who might need scored a hat-trick at the very least.

Clarke stated: “I received an enormous cuddle with him within the tunnel and he apologised for scoring.

“Romelu is a implausible character. I loved working with him.

“He was a younger boy when he labored with me, he has grown since then, sturdy, a aim scorer and he has performed for a number of the finest golf equipment within the Premier League.

“He continues to develop as a participant and he needs to get higher and higher.”

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