Scotland v Israel: Steve Clarke's side must not sit back

James McFadden was an assistant coach in Scotland's win over Israel 3-2 in Nations League to earn a path to Euro 2020. He explains how the current team should approach Saturday's World Cup qualifier against these same opponents.
Scots only chance to defeat Israel is to chase them. You must disrupt their play and not allow them to settle.

Many will argue that it's Israel, but they are a great team. They are a team that plays from the back and takes risks. Eran Zahavi has scored 11 goals in his 12 previous caps.

Scotland cannot sit back and allow them to play. They were able to put pressure on Israel in their own half during the Euro 2020 semi-final, when they won on penalties.

This night was the best Scotland had been in all four matches under Steve Clarke. John McGinn, Lyndon Dykes and Che Adam up front will be leading the press. There should be plenty energy to try and win the ball higher up on the pitch.

It's possible to copy and paste Israel's playbook and many players will be familiar with them, having played them six times over the past three seasons. They attack with great courage and their wing-backs are strong. When they build up and can get in switches of play, it's a dangerous team.

They both get crosses into the box, and their strikers attack the ball aggressively. It's a great partnership. It's crucial that we don't just sit back and allow them to come forward.

Hampden will be full Saturday night, which makes it a little easier. I expect it will bounce and the players will eat that.

After bringing the country to Euros, I am delighted that this group gets the opportunity to play in front of 50,000 people. It is a great reward and in my opinion there is no greater feeling than playing at Hampden.

"Strikers must step up"

I am always positive and believe that Scotland will win. We need to see our strikers score more often.

Dykes started Queen's Park Rangers' season very well, scoring four goals in nine Championship games, while Adams is yet to score for Southampton in Premier League.

While the strikers are doing their part for the team, they work hard to get us up the pitch. But they must also find that clinical streak. Scotland is creating opportunities, and the forwards have been in decent positions. It's just the last touch that has been missing.

Andy Robertson and Kieran Terney will likely be lined up to the left. There will be many crosses into the box, and chances to score. Someone needs to be the hero to get in front of them.

You must have the mentality to keep moving up in those positions, because eventually you will win.

Scotland is poised to perform

Grant Hanley being suspended, Scott McTominay will likely return to defence and play alongside Jack Hendry or Tierney. However, there may be some surprises.

Hanley has been a great player for Scotland over the last few games. Hanley has improved since he was brought back to the team. He looks solid and is now a better player. He is fast and covers well. McTominay, however, will be a huge loss. He has previously played in the back three with success.

Clarke will have the privilege of a week of training, regardless of which team he plays for. This is an uncommon occurrence in international football. Often, there are only a few training sessions on Thursdays, while this week, the entire squad will have more time together.

Scotland has a great chance of securing a priceless victory thanks to the extra time they spend on the training field, a noisy Hampden and a few missing players.

The players know what they need to do: win the game, and their World Cup destiny will remain in their hands. They'll be ready to go, and I expect them will succeed.

James McFadden spoke to Thomas Duncan, BBC Sport Scotland.