Scotland defender Liam Cooper is convinced his side can turn their good approach play into goals when they face Croatia. (Match betting – Scotland 19/10, Croatia 11/8, draw 14/5).
With every side in Euro 2020 having played at least two of their group games, Steve Clarke’s men are the only side to have not scored a goal yet.
They were disappointing in their 2-0 loss against the Czech Republic at Hampden Park eight days ago but were much-improved against England at Wembley on Friday.
Stephen O’Donnell’s shot was well saved by Jordan Pickford, before Lyndon Dykes’ goal-bound effort was brilliantly cleared off the line by Reece James.
Despite that promise, Scotland could only grab a point and now must beat Croatia to stand a chance of qualification to the round of 16 (Group D qualification – Scotland 2/1, Croatia 11/10).
Leeds United defender Cooper, speaking in the pre-match press conference, says it is only a matter of time before Scotland score their first goal of the tournament.
“We’ve had 30 shots; we just need someone to step up and put the ball in the back of the net – and I’m sure we will do that,” said Cooper.
“We created a lot of chances against the Czech Republic and England. The strikers have confidence in themselves and if they keep getting the chances one is going to go in when we need it more than anything.”
The Tartan Army were dealt a big blow on Monday with the news that Chelsea midfielder Billy Gilmour was ruled out after testing positive for Covid-19.
In just his third cap, he controlled the midfield well and showcased exactly why the Blues took him from Rangers as a 16-year-old.
However, Cooper believes Scotland have the necessary squad depth to cope without the teenager.
“Whatever player comes in knows their role, what they need to do. That’s what we’ve worked towards the last few games,” the 29-year-old added.