STEVE Clarke last night insisted his Scotland players are more than capable of producing an upset in their Euro 2020 qualifier against Belgium in Brussels tomorrow evening.

Clarke made a winning start to his reign as manager of the national team on Saturday night in the Group I match against Cyprus at Hampden.

A stunning Andy Robertson strike and an Oliver Burke goal a minute from the end of regulation time secured a narrow 2-1 triumph.

Robertson and his team mates will have to be at their very best to get a result against Group I favourites and leaders Belgium in the King Baudouin Stadium.

Roberto Martinez’s team finished third in the Russia 2018 finals last summer and are currently in first place in the FIFA World Rankings.

Scotland slumped to their heaviest Hampden defeat in 45 years in a friendly against Belgium back in September when they were thrashed 4-0.

However, Clarke, who admitted he will make changes to his starting line-up, denied the game was a “free hit”.

“No, there are no free games,” he said. “We have to go there with belief we can get something. We have to play to our maximum and maybe hope Belgium are a little less than 100 per cent.

“If that happens we can get something from the game. That’s how I have approached every single game in my career and that’s how I will approach this one.

“It is a different challenge. We will need different attributes over there. But more than anything we will need the personality and desire the players showed on Saturday night to get a result.

“If we can go over there and play to our maximum I am sure we can get something from the game.”

Clarke, who handed a debut to Kilmarnock striker Eamonn Brophy and recalled goalkeeper David Marshall against Cyprus, admitted he will freshen up his Scotland side against Belgium.

“Obviously some of the players have played a lot of games this season, others not to many,” he said. “Some of the players like Kenny McLean, you could see on Saturday night he was a little fresher than the rest because Kenny’s season stopped in the first week in May.

“I will need to assess the squad and see how they are physically. There will need to be I imagine one or two tactical switches as well. Hopefully we can go to Belgium and cause them a few problems.”

Clarke was delighted to start his tenure as Scotland manager with a victory, but is remaining focused on following up the victory with another good display against Belgium.

“I have had some really good moments in my career,” he said. “Being manager of my country is the pinnacle and it is nice to start with a win. I am just glad we were able to send the fans home with a smile on their face. But I am not getting carried away.

Clarke refused to be overly critical of his players for the 87th minute goal they conceded to Cyprus on Saturday night, but admitted he would try to avoid similar errors against Belgium.

“Teams lose goals from set-plays otherwise there would be no point taking corners – nobody would take them, they would just kick the ball out of the pitch,” he said. “I have looked at the video and I know who was culpable.”

Clarke felt that both Marshall had justified his selection ahead of Celtic keeper Scott Bain, who had played I the opening Euro 2020 qualifiers against Kazakhstan and San Marino in March.

“I thought David in goals was excellent and very calm for us,” he said. “It was difficult. We have four really good goalkeepers in the squad. I just felt there was a big pressure on us. We didn’t talk about it, we didn’t try to play it up. I just felt that David’s experience would be good for us.

“That is also why I put Charlie (Mulgrew) in at centre back. The team that played tonight is almost 100 caps more experienced than the team that played in San Marino and Kazakhstan and I think it made a difference.”

Clarke also praised Norwich City midfielder McLean for how he acquitted himself in a deep-lying role and Brophy for how he played on his debut.

“It was quite a big call to play Kenny there because you wouldn’t put him down as a pure No.6,” he said. “But I know his qualities and his attributes having played against Aberdeen with Kilmarnock last season. I thought Kenny could do that.

“I didn’t want to go purely defensive in there, I wanted somebody who is comfortable on the ball as well. The two goalscorers will get a lot of praise and credit, but I thought Kenny was very, very good.

“For a first cap, it was a difficult game for Eamonn. It was one up front against big strong centre halves. But he never stopped working and chasing down.

“It wasn’t a fruitful night in terms of chances. I think he maybe had one half-chance with a header at the back post that he couldn’t quite reach. But he is another one who will learn from the experience and hopefully go on to much better things.”

“The combination on the left hand side of the pitch was really good for us. We have to work a little bit harder on the right to try and get the same combinations, but that is what we will do."