Scotland were without Kieran Tierney for the opening game of their Euro 2020 campaign, with the Arsenal star a major absentee.
Tierney was not fit to make the match day squad after picking up a “niggle” and he was replaced in the starting line-up by Leeds United skipper Liam Cooper.
Speaking ahead of the game, Scotland boss Steve Clarke was asked about Tierney’s absence and he told BBC Sport: “He’s had a niggle during the week. He’s not ready for this one, but hopefully the next one.”
Scotland were ultimately beaten 2-0 by the Czech Republic thanks to a brace from Patrik Schick, which included a magnificent long-range strike from almost 50 yards.
With Scotland due to face England in their next group game, Clarke once again said after the defeat that he is “hopeful” Tierney will be fit in time to play a part in that fixture.
He said: “I’m hopeful [Tierney will return], I wouldn’t get over-excited about it but I am hopeful. He’s been good and an integral part of how we’ve played recently.
“The boys who came in defended, by and large, well if you take out the set-play and the wonder strike from their striker. We defended reasonably well. We miss Kieran.
“It was a big effort today, different players available. I’ll have a good think about it. We’ll go back to base camp and lick our wounds for 24 hours then we’ll be ready for the game on Friday.”
, Tierney has trained with Scotland this morning in what will come as a major boost ahead of their game against England.
Speaking on ITV’s coverage of their loss against the Czech Republic, former Scotland international Ally McCoist admitted Tierney was a big miss.
He said: “It was certainly a blow for us. To be honest with you I don’t really think we really got going for 15/20 minutes.
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“We had chances, but you’ve got to take them, you have to take them. That’s the little bit of quality that we lack in front of goal.
“At the same time, no excuses. You can say you’re unlucky, but we have to take the chances.
“I think we did OK today. I didn’t think there was an awful lot between the sides, but they had a little bit of quality and you could see that, particularly in front of goal.”
Reflecting on the game as a whole, Clarke told BBC Scotland: “It was an even game, I didn’t think there was much in it.
“They were a wee bit more clinical in taking their chances. Losing the goal from a second phase set-play was disappointing and you go in at half-time on the back foot.
“Then the boy’s hit a wonderful strike from just outside our half. It was actually a shot from Jack [Hendry] that fell perfectly for them.
“Those moments went against us in the game and when our chances came we didn’t quite take them.
“It’s a group learning experience. We didn’t come here to learn but you still have to learn your lessons.
“If you don’t take your chances as and when they present themselves you have to make sure you stay in the game, give yourself a chance to get something from it.
“At times we played some good stuff. We could have been a bit braver on the ball in the first-half, it was quite a tense first-half, not a lot of space.
“It’s the way the game panned out, both teams nullified themselves, more or less, for the first 45 minutes.
“We didn’t work enough to get behind them in the first-half. That’s why I brought Che on, to try and get in behind them a little bit more. Lots to learn for everybody.”