How Nottingham Forest stole Steve Clarke's Scotland motivational tactics and the golf day that could make all the difference

Steve Clarke may have come up short in his attempt to inspire an end to Scotland’s long World Cup drought but his motivational qualities are not there to be questioned, according to defender Scott McKenna.

Scott McKenna during Scotland training ahead of Wednesday's clash with Armenia.
Scott McKenna during Scotland training ahead of Wednesday's clash with Armenia.

Extolling the Scotland manager’s ability to rouse players, the Nottingham Forest centre-back claims the national boss even had a roundabout role in influencing the City Ground club’s return to the English Premier League for the first time in 23 years.

The former European Champions and erstwhile sleeping giants defeated Huddersfield Town in the Championship play-off final with one of Clarke messages proving a galvanising force.

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“Obviously with a play-off game there is a different atmosphere,” said McKenna. “I didn’t play in the play-off games that got us to the Euros but I was part of the squad and saw how the boys prepared.